Changing Classroom Grades Based on Race?

Last week, an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison uncovered a “representational equity” plan by administrators to seemingly pressure professors into adjusting grades based on students’ skin color.

 

The plan is based on an “Inclusive Excellence” document adopted by the Board of Regents, which calls for “proportional participation of historically underrepresented racial-ethnic groups at all levels of an institution, including high status special programs, high-demand majors, and in the distribution of grades.”

 

UW has since denied any attempt to impose a racial quota system for the distribution of grades. However, its response was so full of meaningless “diversity” cliches that it is impossible to decipher its actual plan.

 

The idea that any university would encourage the use of race in determining classroom grades is outrageous, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. The University of Wisconsin has no problem making admissions decisions based on race, so why not apply the same discriminatory logic to grades?

 

The reality is that race preferences harm those they are designed to benefit — “targeted minorities” — by placing many in educational institutions that do not match their academic qualifications and preparation. This leads to lower average grades and much higher dropout rates. The new UW plan is simply an attempt to paper over the inconvenient consequences of its discriminatory admissions policies.

 

A similar diversity charade is happening in New York City, where Mayor de Blasio has announced plans to change the admissions process for the city’s nine highly-selective premier public high schools in order to produce a “better” racial balance. There are supposedly too many Asian students for the process to be fair.

 

This isn’t about real diversity. It’s about reducing individuals to superficial group identity and manufacturing politically correct statistics. Politicians and administrators get to feel good about themselves, while real people are harmed in the process.

 

The XIV Foundation is fighting for the day when every person is treated equally as a unique individual instead of a color.

 

Jennifer Gratz