College Bound

January 31, 2011 No Comments

For those college bound – if you’re a poor white student, been in the military, 4-H or ROTC don’t apply here.”

Because the average high school graduation is 4 months away we thought we’d remind you of this study.

A study done by Espenshade and Radford (link provided below) suggests “If you’re a poor white, involved in military, ROTC or 4-H – Ivy Leagues don’t want you.”

“… In the competitive private schools surveyed participation in many types of extra-curricular activities — including community service activities, performing arts activities, and “cultural diversity” activities — conferred a substantial improvement in an applicant’s chances of admission. The admissions advantage was usually greatest for those who held leadership positions or who received awards or honors associated with their activities. No surprise here — every student applying to competitive colleges knows about the importance of extracurriculars.

But what Espenshade and Radford found in regard to what they call “career-oriented activities” was truly shocking … Participation in such Red State activities as high school ROTC, 4-H clubs, or the Future Farmers of America was found to reduce very substantially a student’s chances of gaining admission to the competitive private colleges in the NSCE database on an all-other-things-considered basis. The admissions disadvantage was greatest for those in leadership positions in these activities or those winning honors and awards. “Being an officer or winning awards” for such career-oriented activities as junior ROTC, 4-H, or Future Farmers of America, say Espenshade and Radford, “has a significantly negative association with admission outcomes at highly selective institutions.” Excelling in these activities “is associated with 60 or 65 percent lower odds of admission.”

Espenshade and Radford don’t have much of an explanation for this find …The Espenshade/Radford study suggests that those farm boys from Idaho would do well to stay out of their local 4-H clubs or FFA organizations — or if they do join, they had better not list their membership on their college application forms. This is especially true if they were officers in any of these organizations. Future farmers of America don’t seem to count in the diversity-enhancement game played out at some of our more competitive private colleges, and are not only not recruited, but seem to be actually shunned. It is hard to explain this development other than as a case of ideological and cultural bias.

This same kind of bias seems to lurk behind the negative association found between acceptance odds and holding leadership positions in high school ROTC. …

Military veterans and aspiring military officers, like poor whites and future American farmers, are clearly not what most competitive private colleges have in mind when they speak of the need for “diversity“. If nothing else the new Espenshade/Radford study helps to document what knowledgeable observers have long known: “diversity” at competitive colleges today involves a politically engineered stew of different groups. drawn from the ingredients selected by reigning campus ideology..”…

Above commentary by Russell K. Nieli a fellow Princeton Ph.D. graduate and lecturer in Princeton’s Politics Department. To read entire article go to http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2010/07/how_diversity_punishes_asians.html

Link for copy of College Admissions study done by  Espenshade and Radford  http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9072.html

Links to other commentaries on the study http://search.avg.com/route/?d=4cfa749f&v=6.011.025.001&i=23&tp=ab&iy=&ychte=us&lng=en-US&q=ivy+league+colleges+4+h+rotc

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