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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tilt!

Inside Higher Ed today runs a lengthy piece on a journal article concerning responses of whites to UC admissions criteria.  Specifically, whites in California are less likely to favor objective measures such as test scores for admission - criteria seemingly free of bias and identified as meritocratic - when it is pointed out that Asians do particularly well on such criteria.  Whites "primed" with the Asian performance results then tilt toward using fuzzier concepts such as "leadership" as criteria for admissions.

You can find the piece at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/13/white-definitions-merit-and-admissions-change-when-they-think-about-asian-americans.

The underlying journal article is at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/670664.

Which only goes to show:
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