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Journal of Blacks in Higher Education:
"Ranking America's Leading Universities on Their Success in Integrating African Americans"
Posted 11/12/02

ANALYSIS and COMMENTARY: 

          In their article "Ranking America's Leading Universities on Their Success in Integrating African Americans" (excerpted below) the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE) racially ranks 26 universities according to the blackness of the student body and faculty.

          JBHE openly acknowledges that their survey is a racial pressure tactic.  To wit, in this article JBHE states that their purpose in distributing this survey is:

"...encouraging competition among the universities to bring greater numbers of blacks to their professorial ranks as well as to their student bodies.  In some instances, we have found that universities showing substandard or poor [racial quota] performance tend to produce improved [racial quota] results when their racial statistics are made known to the public."

          By this statement it is apparent that JBHE believes that the implied threat of a university appearing to NOT enforce racial quotas for blacks will motivate universities to get on the racial quota bandwagon.   JBHE also apparently believes that any means of increasing numbers of black student and faculty numbers, including racial quotas, is justified.  JBHE promotes this quota agenda in spite of state ballot initiatives approved by a majority of voters, such as California's Proposition 209, and Washington State's Initiative 200 which explicitly prohibit the use of race in determining student admissions and in faculty hiring and promotions.

          Finally, in their article JBHE implicitly and deliberately misdefines "integration" to mean the same thing as "racial preferences" and "forced diversity".  By our lights, the term "integration" means that students and faculty of any color are welcome at any university without special treatment (or discrimination) based on race.  That is quite a different thing than the racial quota agenda JBHE is promoting by their publication and distribution of this survey.   -- Editor.

ARTICLE EXCERPTS:   "[The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, JBHE] has ranked America's leading universities according to their relative success in attracting, enrolling, and graduating African-American students as well as their progress in bringing black professors to their campuses."

          "There is always serious backlash when racial integration is forced on a university as a result of government compulsion [imposed racial quotas].  But ... publishing racial statistics and other information that encourage this competitive process in higher education has always been the central mission of this journal."

          "We wish to emphasize that our rankings relate only to the institutional integration of African Americans. Our agenda does not include Hispanics, Asians, or other people of color. ... "

[Listed below are a few of the university rankings with some of the JBHE's explanations for the schools' good or bad racial performance.  A higher score indicates a school with a more aggressive policy of forced diversity - quotas - while a lower score indicates a school which, in JBHE's eyes, isn't forcing enough diversity.  Editor.]

 

          "1. Duke University (Average Score: 90.36): Clearly one explanation for the strong performance of Duke in so many categories is the sincere commitment of President Nan Keohane to racial diversity." [See Sidebar.  Editor]

          "Duke's strong improvement in black faculty levels may be attributed to an incentive plan which makes it highly advantageous for academic departments to engage black faculty." [Emphasis added.]

          "[However], [s]ome observers have noted that there is little overall interaction between many black and white students on the Duke campus. Also, there has been a high rate of faculty turnover among blacks."

SIDEBAR
Duke President Nan Keohane:

"Last spring ... [we] ... felt compelled to issue a statement on the importance of diversity in university admissions. We speak at a time when consideration of ethnicity and race in admission decisions is poorly understood and under sustained attack:  "The evaluation of an individual applicant to our universities cannot ... be based on a narrow or mainly 'statistical' definition of merit."

-- Duke President Nan Keohane, 11-19-97, to  President Clinton's Commission On Race, to the Panel On The Value Of Diversity In Higher Education.

Last known link: http://gos.sbc.edu/k/keohane1.html

          "2. Emory University (Average Score: 86.62): [Emory] university's comparatively low black student graduation rate, the decline in that rate over the past several years, and the university's very low black student yield brought down its overall average.

          "Emory's location in the city of Atlanta is obviously a major draw for both black students and black faculty. The city, which has been under black political control for more than a generation, has a wealth of black-oriented cultural and social events that would appeal to prospective black students and faculty members considering offers of employment."

...

          "20. University of California at Berkeley (Average Score: 71.85): Since 1997, the university has been required by law to operate without benefit of an affirmative action admissions plan. [This is not true. Proposition 209 outlawed only the use of discriminatory racial preferences in deciding which students to admit. California universities are still allowed -- even encouraged -- to practice non-race-based affirmative action as defined in the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964. Editor]

          "The climate of race relations has been damaged by the enactment of Proposition 209. [That is not true. Race relations following voter approval of Proposition 209 have improved insofar as all students of all colors who apply to California universities now have a better chance of being evaluated for admission based on their qualifications rather than upon their skin color.  Editor]

          "Berkeley also has a very low black student graduation rate of 63 percent and a huge gap in the graduation rate between black and white students."

...

          "26. University of Chicago (Average Score: 67.27): The university has never been an enthusiastic supporter of [race-based] affirmative action in student admissions. Only 4 percent of total enrollments at the university are black. Poor results are present despite the fact that the university is located in a city in which the population is about one half black."

Excerpted from the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education web site.
Last known link:  http://www.jbhe.com/features/36_leading_universities.html

 

 

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