OU admission practices not a surprise, think tank president says

BY ROGER CLEGG Published: October 26, 2012
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This is consistent with the gaps we found in performance on the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 1, which is typically administered after the second year of medical school. Hispanics performed at roughly the same level as whites and Asians, but African-Americans performed much below all other groups (that is, they were most likely to fail or not take the exam, and their scores were the lowest); American Indians' performance fell between the performance of Hispanics and blacks.

Our study isn't the only evidence that OU uses racial preferences. For example, the recently published book “Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended To Help, and Why Universities Won't Admit It” finds that the university's law school data reveal “a marked pattern of racial preferences, slightly smaller than those most law schools use but still quite substantial.”

None of this is surprising: Nearly every selective school in the country uses racial preferences unless a court or state law has told it not to.

Clegg is president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity. The cited study is available on CEO's website at www.ceousa.org. The book Clegg references was written by UCLA law professor Richard Sander and Brookings Institution fellow Stuart Taylor.