DOJ invokes Title VI against Harvard admissions

“Elections have consequences…” — Barack Obama See 20 years @15 percent: does Harvard discriminate against Asian-Americans? CNN: The Justice Department is actively investigating Harvard University’s use of race in its admissions policies and has concluded the school is “out of compliance” with federal law, according to documents obtained by CNN. … [Click through for DOJ …

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Free Harvard, Fair Harvard: Harvard Magazine and CNN coverage

We are rapidly approaching the February 1 deadline for petition signatures supporting our Free Harvard, Fair Harvard (FHFH) campaign. Two articles just appeared concerning the campaign. Harvard Magazine’s Overseers Petitioners Challenge Harvard Policies contains a thorough and lengthy review of the issues. After a quick read, I have two specific comments. 1. The author seems unaware …

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That vast right-wing conspiracy

Some coverage of the Free Harvard, Fair Harvard campaign has characterized our five person slate as Ralph Nader and four (evil) conservatives. To set the record straight: I voted for Clinton (twice), Obama (twice), and for Gore and Kerry. I know at least one other “conservative” on our ticket also voted twice for Obama. Hail …

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Free Harvard, Fair Harvard

As described in the NYTimes article below, I am part of a five person slate running for Harvard’s Board of Overseers. The main organizer is Ron Unz, and the best known individual on our team is Ralph Nader. The others are Lee C. Cheng, chief legal counsel for the online electronics retailer Newegg.com, and Stuart …

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Educational background of US elites

Jonathan Wai writes in Quartz about returns to elite education in the US. Wai also notes that more than ten percent of all Senators, billionaires, Federal judges, and Fortune 500 CEOs hold Harvard degrees of some kind. See also Credentialism and elite performance, and further links therein. Blue = attended elite undergraduate college or graduate school (no …

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Seasons and Veritas

Harvard graduates explain why we have seasons. If only their understanding matched their confidence. See also Why is it dark at night?  ,  Inside HBS: “kill, f^^k or marry”  ,  Frauds!  and High V, Low M: … high verbal ability is useful for appearing to be smart, or for winning arguments and impressing other people, …

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20 years @15 percent: does Harvard discriminate against Asian-Americans?

  This is the brief filed yesterday against Harvard, alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants. A related suit was filed against UNC, with perhaps another to come against Wisconsin. Re: the graph above, note that Caltech has race-blind admissions. … Harvard is engaging in racial balancing. Over an extended period, Harvard’s admission and enrollment figures for …

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What is best for Harvard

If you haven’t read Steve Pinker’s The Trouble With Harvard in The New Republic, I highly recommend it. … Like many observers of American universities, I used to believe the following story. Once upon a time Harvard was a finishing school for the plutocracy, where preppies and Kennedy scions earned gentleman’s Cs while playing football, …

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