Scientific progress being harmed by poor affirmative action policies.
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While it is illegal to gather data distinguish between race in my European countries. Institutions like the NCES in the US is really good at gathering relevant data, unfortunately I could find race and sex data on specific fields such as STEM, but here is the overall data:
>Percentage of recent high school completers enrolled in 2- and 4-year colleges, by race/ethnicity: 1960 through 2012
>Total 66.2 %
>White 65.7 %
>Black 56.4 %
>Hispanic 70.3 %
>Asian 81.5 %
> Graduation rates of first-time, full-time bachelor's degree-seeking students at 4-year postsecondary institutions, by race/ethnicity, time to completion, sex, and control of institution: Selected cohort entry years, 1996 through 2006
>Graduating within 6 years after start, males and females*
>Total 58.7 %
>White 62.1 %
>Black 39.9 %
>Hispanic 51.0 %
>Asian (incl. Pacific Islanders) 69.2 %
Clearly admission committees are accepting more undeserving black and hispanic students (which isn't a secret, as that is what Affirmative Action is supposed to be doing) given the low completion rates compared to whites.
>White 66.2 - 62.1 = 4.1 %
>Black 56.4 - 39.9 = 16.5%
>Hispanic 70.3 - 51.0 = 19.3%
>Asian 81.5 - 69.2 = 12.3 %
Now people drop out for a variety of reasons from being retarded to lazy to not having financial stability.
My question is, why is AA allowed to continue when these sub-par students receive no additional support (financial and otherwise) or are for example forced into provisional programmes that guarantees better supervision to ensure they study? They are in effect just wasting spots retarding scientific progress. Obviously we won't be allowed to discuss this in public, I just thought it deserved to brought into the light at least here.
*FOOTNOTE: 4 year percentage much lower for all categories