All-Around Applicants Disprove Asian Stereotypes

All-Around Applicants Disprove Asian Stereotypes

July 11, 2009
Originally published in USA Today

USA TODAY’s editorial supporting affirmative action rested on false Asian stereotypes (“Admission to college isn’t just about grades, test scores,” Our view, Equal education debate, Monday).

It stated: “High-scoring Asian students face higher admissions hurdles, but it does not necessarily prove discrimination. Test scores and grades have never been the sole basis for admission to college.”

That statement is misleading because it implies that Asian Americans only have good test scores and grades, and not other characteristics sought by colleges.

From having read thousands of applications, I can tell you that Asian students participate in just as many extracurricular and leadership activities as the average student.
The fact that they are being rejected despite high grades and test scores can’t be justified by saying those aren’t the only factors.