Monday, December 11, 2017

We Seek Justice & Present Forensic Evidence...

6 Pieces of Forensic Evidence Against Harvard

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                            We Seek Justice!  
    We Present Forensic Evidence Showing Harvard's          Discrimination Against Asian-American Students.
         We present the following 6 pieces of evidence for your consideration:

[A] The Simulated Characteristics of Students Applying to Harvard:

       The following simulated distribution curves represent Harvard applicants, broken down by race. The x-axis is total SAT scores, having a maximum of 2400 points.  The y-axis is the counts of Harvard applicants in 2015. 

        For details of how the curves are constructed, please click here. To
help viewers gain a quick understanding of the curves, please note that

(1) the height of each distribution is primarily based on data released by                    Harvard regarding the percentages of applicants broken down by race.
(2) the mean SAT score of each race is based on data released by the  
      Dept. of Education for all students who took SAT exams in 2015.  It is 
      NOT the mean SAT score of Harvard applicants, which is expected to 
      be higher.  In other words if Harvard's admissions data were available, 
      the center of each curve would move towards to the right somewhat. 
      However, the high-score-end of the tail of each distribution will NOT 
      move at all! 
(3) the racial characteristics of the distributions including the width of 
      one standard deviation are based on information released by
      Brookings Institute, which in turn used data released by the College 

       The vertical line drawn above the SAT point of 1850 is arbitrarily chosen.   Most colleges have such a vague line in mind in admitting student.  It is both for the benefit of the admitted students who desire to graduate in 4 years, and that of the professors who would find a class of huge disparity in academic preparation very difficult to teach.  The areas under the curves to the right of the cut-off line represent the total number of students admitted according to race.  

    Hence, if SAT scores were the only standard for admitting students, then more Asian students will be admitted than white peers, and very few Black and Hispanic peers would be admitted.  In reality, most colleges take into consideration such other factors as class ranking, letters of recommendation from applicant's high school counselors, extra curricular activities, legacy status, the reports from interviews done by alumni, and the strength of the common and specific composition accompanying a student's application.

    Note:  Soon the real applicant data from Harvard will be available to plot
these curves.  They will not be the perfect Gaussians but quite similar to the ones seen above.
[B] The % of students admitted by Harvard in 2015, broken down by race:
       In 2015, Harvard admitted
                 51.6% whites,
                 21% Asian-Americans,
                 13.3% Latinos,
                 12.1%  blacks, and
                 2% Native Americans or Native Hawaiians.

         The "% of students admitted broken down by race", shown above, seem in drastic contradiction to the scholastic achievement of its applicants shown n the 4 curves presented in section [A].

[C] The findings of Princeton Professors Espenshade and Radford:
In Table 3.5 on p 92 of their famous book, "No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal"the following shocking fact was revealed:
                                Table 3.5 (emphasis added)
         Race Admission Preferences at Public & Private Institutions
                          Measured in ACT & SAT Points, Fall 1997
                     Public Institutions          Private Institutions
                  ACT-Point Equivalents   SAT-Point Equivalents
                Item          (out of 36)               (out of 1600)
                (White)           --                                --
                Black             3.8                            310
                Hispanics      0.3                            130
                Asian            -3.4                           -140  

        Our readers may now begin to perceive how the rather contradictory
information under sections [A] and [B] could co-exist. It is because SAT points were taken away from the Asian-Am applicants, while points were added to black and Hispanic applicants.

[D] The findings of Ron Unz's book:

       On page 203 of Ron Unz' book, entitled The Myth of American Meritocracy, the following diagram was shown, using data released by the National Center for Education Statistics.

        The black dotted line shows that the number of college-aged Asian Americans has approximately doubled over a recent 20-year period. The red solid line indicating the % of AsAm students at the California Institute of Technology (CIT), whose admissions tracks that increase.  That is because CIT doesn't practice race-preference.

         In strong contrast, the Ivy League colleges converge to 16% +/- 3% Asian American students.
[E] Harvard's "Holistic Evaluation": 
           Harvard claims to practice "holistic evaluation."   Holistic is an ambiguous word unless it is defined.  However, most people can be induced to think that holistic evaluation must be fair.  In reality, Harvard's holistic evaluation is a charade to provide for it the leeway to race-balance as it sees fit.

        The fallacy of Harvard's holistic evaluation can be revealed qualitatively in 2 sentences.  Using holistic evaluation system, Harvard adds the most points to black applicants.   Does that imply that, holistically speaking, black applicants to Harvard are the best and most deserving, next the Hispanics, then the whites, and Asian-American applicants are the worst? 

         Quantitatively, the "White House Commission on Presidential Scholarsevaluates all high school graduates annually.  It evaluates students "on academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership, service, other extracurricular activities, and an analysis of their essays."  It is about as holistic as it could be.   Yet, over the past 15 years, Asian Americans averaged 28% of the finalists, while Harvard accepted only about 18% of Asian American students over the same period.

[F] Harvard's Emphasis on Diversity:
        If diversity were Harvard's only goal, it merely needed to add more SAT points to black and Hispanic applicants. It didn't need to take SAT points away from Asian American applicants. Harvard's holistic evaluation and its emphasis on diversity were simply camouflage for its real intention to limit the number of admitted Asian American students and to admit more of their white peers.
  In conclusion,Harvard is obviously engaged in race- 
  balancing.  It violates Title VI of  the Civil Rights 
  Act of 1964.

S. B. Woo 

President and a volunteer for the past 18 years
80-20 Educational Foundation, Inc, a 501 C-3 organization,

PS:  I thank Cun-Zheng Ning for the beautiful graphics showing the 4 curves.
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