At a college meeting a couple of days ago the "diversity" made an appearance and my colleagues started clicking their heels and saluting, just-like the old days. Some wag asked what was meant by diversity, and no one really was perfectly sure, but they were sure that they were in favor of the thing. I was a bit surprised by this, haven't seen it in while, thought we had passed through all this stuff; I guess not just yet. Then today I noticed the U.S. News
"A recent study of the applicants to seven elite colleges in 1997 found that Asian students were much more likely to be rejected than seemingly similar students of other races. Also, athletes and students from top high schools had admissions edges, as did low-income African-Americans and Hispanics."
"Translating the advantages into SAT scores, study author Thomas Espenshade, a Princeton sociologist, calculated that African-Americans who achieved 1150 scores on the two original SAT tests had the same chances of getting accepted to top private colleges in 1997 as whites who scored 1460s and Asians who scored perfect 1600s."
I also noticed that in the current issue of Newsweek,
devoted to higher education, Sen. Lamar Alexander
argues that colleges should adopt something like a year-around schedule, and students take their degree within three years, and thereby save 25% in tuition.