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Race-based admission policy at US universities

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Added On August 11, 2017

A U.S. legal expert says admission policies employed by most U.S. universities, in which skin color plays a major role, have put Asians at  disadvantage. 
 
Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow at the U.S.-based think tank Cato Institute. 
 
SOUNDBTIE (ENGLISH) ILYA SHAPIRO, U.S. Legal Expert
The use of race in various ways is a standard part of how university administrators are brought up to believe their job is done. Now most universities in America should I should add are not selective.
 
Including race as an impact factor when evaluating an applicant for a job or admission to a program is rooted in the concept of affirmative action, when first appeared in the United States in the 1960s to combat racial discrimination. 
 
But decades later, this ruling began to show the side effects. 
 
SOUNDBTIE (ENGLISH) ILYA SHAPIRO, U.S. Legal Expert
Even though Asians and Asian Americans represent the largest growing group of college applicants, their numbers at the selective institutions remain as they were 20, 25 years ago, so there is a certain disconnect.
 
Shapiro said that studies by Princeton University show that it's not the thumb on the scales, it's a brick.
 
SOUNDBTIE (ENGLISH) ILYA SHAPIRO, U.S. Legal Expert
Oftentimes university administrators might have a stereotype of Asians as being one-dimensional, perhaps just being interested in math and science, that's definitely a form of racism.
 
Shapiro noted the more prestigious the university is, the bigger the differences in academic qualifications by racial groups appear.
 
SOUNDBTIE (ENGLISH) ILYA SHAPIRO, U.S. Legal Expert
People in the lowest 25 percent in academic achievement at a given institution are racial minorities, generally Latinos, blacks, and native Americans.
 
Shapiro said the unfair practice does not only hurt Asians and Asian Americans, but also those who are given preferred treatment. 
 
Due to these unfair policies, several universities, including Harvard, University of Texas and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, have been sued over allegations that they discriminated against certain racial groups. 
 
Shapiro said it may take at least three years before the case arrives before the Supreme Court for a final ruling, but the Department of Justice has recently announced that it has launched a probe into whether universities broke the law with their admission policies. 
 
SOUNDBTIE (ENGLISH) ILYA SHAPIRO, U.S. Legal Expert
People should be judged on their merits, by the content of their character, not the color of their skin, as Dr. Martin Luther King said...It's good to have people with different perspectives but I don't think skin color or an artificially designated race is a good way of doing that.