Friday, November 10, 2006

Proposal 2 Passes in Michigan

With a 58% to 42% margin, Michigan voters approved Proposal 2, which ends race-preferences for admission to the University of Michigan. The table above shows data from the Center for Equal Opportunity on undergraduate students at UM (except for graduation rates in the last column, which are national data).

For example, an Asian minority student with a 3.2 high school GPA and 1240 SAT would have only a 1 in 10 chance of admissions, and an African-American student with the same academic credenitals would have more than a 9 in 10 chance of admission to UM. Unless successfully challenged in the courts, that type of discrimination by a public university will be illegal in Michigan, and the table above might help explains why this proposal passed overwhelmingly in Michigan, and why even many Democrats voted for Prop 2.

Read the
WSJ article here about Proposal 2 passing in Michigan - "Voters Turn Back College Affirmative Action." Read President Mary Sue Coleman's defiant speech here. "I will not stand by while the very heart and soul of this great university is threatened." In other words, diversity, and not quality scholarship, is the heart and soul of this university?


At 11/10/2006 9:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks God, Michigan has a president with compassion and "balls."

At 11/10/2006 11:05 AM, Blogger Steve Sutton said...

How compassionate is it to admit a student into a program that demands a rigorous course of study and watch that student fail to graduate? That is exactly what the CEO’s analysis shows.

If Coleman had balls, she would do one of the following:

1. Sponsor charter schools or learning centers in the most disadvantaged areas of the state to prepare students for the rigors of U-M.

2. Work toward converting U-M to a private institution allowing it to pursue its overriding goal of “diversity”.

3. Resign in protest of the decision made by the voters of Michigan.

At 11/13/2006 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is important to note that a senior and well-respected professor of Education at Ann Arbor examined the CEO report and found major discrepancies in that report. For instance, tha CEO analysis relied exclusively on two numbers: GPA and SAT score. If you have worked in any university admissions office, you know that is not how admission decisions are made. Most admissions offices, including Ann Arbor use multiple criteria in their admission decision (e.g., recalculated GPA, essay, quality of high-school attended, etc.) So, one case see how the CEO report can fool your average man-on-the-street and mis-represent the reality.

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