Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gender Based Affirmative Action? and Napolitano on 'A Tuition Conundrum'

or what do you call it?
Christian Science Monitor Op-Ed by Jonathan Zimmerman - professor of history and education at New York University: Why Are Colleges Discriminating Against Women?

According to a 2006 study conducted by scholars at the University of California, Los Angeles, 37.6 percent of senior girls reported studying six or more hours per week, as compared with 26.9 percent of boys. Girls were also more likely to talk to their teachers outside class and to participate in student clubs.

Not surprisingly, girls also received better grades. More than 50 percent of girls graduated with at least an A-minus average, while just 40 percent of boys did so.

But in 2007, U.S. News & World Report calculated that girls’ admission rate to colleges was 13 percent lower than that of boys. And at some colleges, the gap was even greater than that. In 2009, for example, William and Mary accepted 45 percent of its male applicants and only 27 percent of female ones.

The US Civil Rights Commission began an investigation that year of 19 private colleges, asking if they were discriminating against girls in admissions. But the commission suspended the probe in 2011, in part because the colleges refused to hand over their admissions data.
it goes on from there..."Girls outshine boys in most aspects of college. And men have not historically suffered discrimination as a group. Yet colleges routinely reject talented young women in favor of less qualified young men. Instead of rewarding girls for success, they discriminate against them."
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Sac Bee calls it Tuition Conundrum: In 2001, California granted in-state tuition to undocumented students at public universities, and three years ago, the Legislature opened new scholarship opportunities to them as well. But state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, says these programs still leave undocumented students, who do not qualify for most financial aid, with large funding gaps for their education. He will be joined by University of California President Janet Napolitano and Sacramento State University President Alexander Gonzalez to announce a new bill that would allow undocumented students to apply for loans, 11:30 a.m. in Room 113 of the Capitol.

Update: Sac Bee Ricardo Lara proposes undocumented student loan program

and LA Times: University officials support loans for undocumented students
The Senate panel voted 5-0 to approve the measure by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who agreed to work out some of the financial issues in the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Republican Sens. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar and Mark Wyland of Escondido withheld their votes. “Because that [immigration] is a federal issue, today I won't be voting on the bill,” Wyland said.
Lara is proposing that the state allocate funds to go into loan pools administered at each campus with repayments recycled into new loans for future students. Lara proposed that each institution provide matching funds for the money provided by the Legislature

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Dirks on "Undocu Week"
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Can't find where the Sac Bee covered this though - (UC whistleblower rights, UC pensions, CA CPRA leg and press release archives that Yee worked on are gone?)
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the UNC fake class scandal winds to DC

1 comment:

  1. I'm not convinced by the opinion piece. Even they say "Last week, The Washington Post reported that 16 of 128 schools it examined – including Harvard, Princeton, and Dartmouth – admitted men and women at equal rates in 2012. At 48 other schools, mostly science-oriented institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, women were actually admitted at a higher rate. But at 64 schools, men had it easier."

    So there are 64 schools that are easier for men to get into and 48 that are easier for women to get into, and a confounding variable has been identified: women applying to STEM schools are more likely to be admitted. Perhaps the "discrimination" that is being seen is based primarily on what field people are applying in, with STEM fields having a higher chance of admission than humanities? That would explain essentially all the data presented, without needing to hypothesize gender discriminaton.

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