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ANALYSIS: Does Affirmative Action Help Or Hurt Minority Students?

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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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.