Affirmative action policies have found their way from the college campus to the boardrooms of multinational corporations, but have they helped minority students succeed in higher education?
However well-intended the proponents of affirmative action policies may be, the data shows that minority students have been harmed by the practice in multiple ways. First, the practice can create a mismatch between the university’s rigorous course load and the individual student’s abilities. This mismatch leads to academic underperformance for a number of black and Hispanic students. Other groups, notably Asian applicants, received what amounted to score deductions that ultimately can prevent them from getting admitted to elite colleges.