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Old 05-10-2007, 01:27 PM
 
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Ok - so I have a question for everyone.

Race and ethnicity is a factor for admissions to many graduate and undergraduate programs in the U.S. Whenever I was applying to college, I recall a question that asked my Race/Ethnicity: white, black, hispanic, asian/pacific islander, etc.

Since race is such a subjective, non-scientific thing, how could a university dispute whatever racial self-identification that you put on your application? If I say I'm African-American, how could the university prove that I'm not? A complete stranger could walk into my office right now, and there is no way he could prove that I was white. So, how can a university?

Has anyone tried this, or had personal experience with it? I don't plan on trying it, and I'm not interested in discussing the morality of this approach. I'm just curious, and have been for a while. Thoughts?
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:04 PM
 
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Ok - so I have a question for everyone.

Race and ethnicity is a factor for admissions to many graduate and undergraduate programs in the U.S. Whenever I was applying to college, I recall a question that asked my Race/Ethnicity: white, black, hispanic, asian/pacific islander, etc.

Since race is such a subjective, non-scientific thing, how could a university dispute whatever racial self-identification that you put on your application? If I say I'm African-American, how could the university prove that I'm not? A complete stranger could walk into my office right now, and there is no way he could prove that I was white. So, how can a university?

Has anyone tried this, or had personal experience with it? I don't plan on trying it, and I'm not interested in discussing the morality of this approach. I'm just curious, and have been for a while. Thoughts?
Since answering the question is optional, I don't, nor do I answer the questions about marital status - NYOB I am such a rabble-rouser!
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:39 PM
 
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Interesting question!

Now, the only story I can add to this is not university, but elementary school, 1970s. It must have been sometime around '75 that a mandate went into effect that 25% of the incoming students to a public elementary school had to be from the minority sector.

They must have fallen short of the intended goal because they classified my daughter as a minority based on the unusualness of her name. The logic was no WASP could have such a strange name, therefore she must be something exotic and if exotic, she must be a minority.

No one asked me to quality this, but inasmuch as I was the EVP of the Parents Assn. it did come to my attention.

So, if you can fool some of the people, some of the time, why not fool other people regularly! Or apparently that is how the BoHE was thinking!
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