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A question about Minorities, black people, hispanic, native americans for application

  1. Feb 16, 2010 #1
    Why is it that on many applications there is a section that asks whether you are a native american or some type of minority? Are they able to get into the university without working hard like many average Asians and Caucasians?

    If so why do they get this privilege?
     
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  3. Feb 16, 2010 #2

    mgb_phys

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    Re: A question about Minorities, black people, hispanic, native americans for applica

    Generally there are NOT different standards
    But the institute is required to keep statistics of the number of applicants from each group and the number of admissions - especially if they get state funding.

    A black taxpayer might be a little annoyed at a state funded uni that hasn't admitted any black students in the last 10 years - but the institute might want to show there were no black applicants
     
  4. Feb 16, 2010 #3
    Re: A question about Minorities, black people, hispanic, native americans for applica

    Oh okay, so it is just for statistics. Because I thought it was weird that a friend of a friend of mine who is black go into Harvard with only three AP courses/exams.

    I was a bit in awe when I saw the stats on Berkeley, like less than a percent are native americans.
     
  5. Feb 16, 2010 #4

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    Re: A question about Minorities, black people, hispanic, native americans for applica

    Meh, I say give it a couple more years and Caucasians will be the minority :wink:
     
  6. Feb 16, 2010 #5
    Re: A question about Minorities, black people, hispanic, native americans for applica

    Um...its called affirmative action...are you sure you're not a troll?

    Well less than a percent of all americans are native american...
     
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  7. Feb 16, 2010 #6
    Re: A question about Minorities, black people, hispanic, native americans for applica

    Really? I'm pretty sure affirmative action is an established policy. If we are taking about undergraduate education at least, I am pretty sure most state schools have had black students every year...for a while now.
     
  8. Feb 16, 2010 #7

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    Re: A question about Minorities, black people, hispanic, native americans for applica

    Who said the OP was in America?
    Even in America (racial) affirmative action is not now officially allowed in most states.
    Anyway - the reason for gathering the stats is standard public sector admin CYA.

    Only time I had to do this was a government contact - we were based in an area with an interesting history (=they were still busy fighting 16th century religious wars). We had to submit a racial/religious profile to show we were balanced - the team consisted of an American a Russian a Brit and an Isreali - they returned the form asking us to fill it in 'properly'
     
  9. Feb 16, 2010 #8
    Re: A question about Minorities, black people, hispanic, native americans for applica

    Huh, to the best of my knowledge strict quotas are not allowed in most places but affirmative action definitely is. If you could cite a source...I can't seem to find a list of states where affirmative action is banned. To my knowledge its still a major political issue that the conservatives complain about quite a bit...

    How do I know OP is American? He talks about Harvard, black guys getting affirmative action, and asian and white guys as the standard candle university student. To the best of my knowledge, there are a lot more Asian university kids in the Americas than there are in Britain, Australia, or Europe. Same with black university kids. The minority issue is a bigger deal in a mixed society...
     
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