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Study places for minorities : Too few blacks and Hispanics at top US universities

The “affirmative action” is called into question under the presidency of Donald Trump. University programs with which school or college graduates who belong to disadvantaged ethnic minorities can get preferential study places thanks to such “positive discrimination” if they are comparable, are now to be examined by a department in the Ministry of Justice for their legality.

According to media reports, it is suspected of "deliberate ethnic discrimination in admission to colleges and universities". Primarily white applicants are meant. A data analysis by the “New York Times” now shows that the proportion of white students has indeed fallen sharply.

But African-Americans and Hispanic Americans "are more underrepresented at the nation's top universities than they were 35 years ago," writes a team of authors in the New York Times. Only at a handful of Liberal Art Colleges - for example in Amherst and Pomona - have the proportions of blacks and Latinos increased significantly.

At Yale, the proportion of blacks rose from 7 to 8 percent

An example of stagnation despite “affirmative action” is the famous Yale University: In 1980 the proportion of whites there was 82 percent, in 2015 it was only 51 percent. The proportion of Asian Americans at Yale has risen significantly - from six to 21 percent. The proportion of Hispanics rose from four to 15 percent, that of blacks from seven to just eight percent, as can be seen from the graphics of the "New York Times". Overall, the newspaper examined data from the 100 best private and state universities, and some shares are also shown in the “multiracial” and “Native American” categories.

“The quota of black first-year students at the elite colleges has remained almost unchanged since 1980. Black students make up only six percent of freshmen, but 15 percent of college-age Americans, ”it says. The development of the Hispanics was more positive, but it does not correspond to the strong growth of the group of young Latinos in the USA. In 2015, their share in the elite colleges averaged 13 percent, with an 18-year-old population of 22 percent.

Asian Americans are gaining the most

In contrast, the share of Asian Americans grew the most. At the universities of the "Ivy League" of eight elite universities in the northeastern United States (including Yale, Princeton and Harvard), the proportion of white first-year students has fallen sharply since 1980 - for example in Princeton from 85 to 49 percent - during the Asians everywhere rose significantly (in Princeton from three to 26 percent). This effect has weakened somewhat in recent years, emphasizes the "New York Times", Asian-American students sued - sometimes in court - because of the higher performance requirements placed on them in order to get a place at university.

One reason given for the “persistent under-representation” of Afro-American and Hispanic youth at the highly selective top universities is that their origin is just one selection criterion among many. In addition, discrimination begins much earlier - in the poorly equipped schools in socially disadvantaged cities and regions.

The "New York Times" does not relate its evaluation to the planned action of the Trump administration against the "affirmative action". But the message is clear: as far as the top universities are concerned, blacks and Hispanics are not the reason for the declining number of new students among whites.

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