Thursday, August 10, 2017

NY Times: Affirmative Action Policies Evolve, Achieving Their Own Diversity

NY Times: Affirmative Action Policies Evolve, Achieving Their Own Diversity

Asians, not whites are largest group at Berkeley and CalTech


Princeton is 9% black (about same as us population)

Caltech is only 16% minority out of class of 235

77 Asians largest group
70 white
4 black

UC Berkeley
Latino 52% of high school age but 1/3 UC freshmen (but are less qualified)

3 black
39 asian
26 white

Columbia 28% black + white

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Colleges that pay graduates most

Alma Mater Blotter

by Steve Sailer

June 28, 2017

The highest-paid students from a general-purpose university are, unsurprisingly, those who attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who have a mean income in their early 30s of $98,500 (although the median MIT parents earn $141,000, so even MIT is a downward proposition in the short run).

chinese cleaners smarter than western professionals
02/19/2014 //

here’s the latest re. the most recent pisa test results (various news outlets are reporting that the below also applies to the u.s. and canada – check google news for pisa+oecd):

“China’s poorest beat our (UK) best pupils”

“Children of factory workers and cleaners in Far East achieve better exam results than offspring of British lawyers and doctors, says OECD.

“British schoolchildren are lagging so far behind their peers in the Far East that even pupils from wealthy backgrounds are now performing worse in exams than the poorest students in China, an international study shows.

“The children of factory workers and cleaners in parts of the Far East are more than a year ahead of the offspring of British doctors and lawyers, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development….

related story from a while back:

“According to an alarming new report published Wednesday by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, third-graders in China are beginning to lag behind U.S. high school students in math and science.

Monday, June 26, 2017

MCAT Score for Applicants by Race

Applicants MCAT score

495.7 AmIndian Alaska Native
503.1 Asian
494.1 Black African
496.2 Hispanic Latino spanish
496.8 Native Hawaiian Pac islander
504.0 White
501.1 Other
501.1 Multiple
503.0 Unknown
503.0 Non US
501.8 total


501.10 AmIndian Alaska Native
510.5 Asian
502.5 Black African
503.0 Hispanic Latino spanish
506.2 Native Hawaiian Pac islander
510.1 White
509.5 Other
508.1 Multiple
510.7 Unknown
510.9 Non US
508.7 total

  • Applicants and Matriculants Data - FACTS: Applicants ...
    ... U.S. Medical School ... Medical Schools by Race/Ethnicity, 2013-2014 ... to U.S. Medical Schools2016-2017 ; Table A-17: MCAT and GPAs for ...

  • Does Race Affect Medical School Acceptance Rates ...

    Does Race Affect Medical School Acceptance Rates? ... number of acceptees had a MCAT score of 24 ... other races hindering your acceptance to medical school, ...

    The statistics

    black: largest group acceptees had a MCAT score of 24-26, with a total of 4,446 total Black acceptees (36.2%) 
    white: 30-32. In all, there were 35,789 White acceptees (45%). 
    During the 2015-2016 application cycle, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports that there were 12, 289 Black/ African-American applicants to U.S. medical schools. The highest number of acceptees had a MCAT score of 24-26, with a total of 4,446 total Black acceptees (36.2%) to medical school. Comparatively, there were 79,260 White applicants to U.S. medical schools, with the highest number of acceptees (12, 033) having a score of 30-32. In all, there were 35,789 White acceptees (45%). For the academic year 2014-2015, there were 1,061 Black graduates versus 10, 992 White graduates out of a total 18,705 graduates. Per reports, acceptance by gender is nearly 50/50.
    What does this mean?
    Simply put: it’s not other races hindering your acceptance to medical school, as it appears the competition lies with applicants of your own race. 

    On the other hand this chart is floating around shows that acceptance rate for the same MCAT is far higher for blacks at the same test score as most blacks scored lower than most whites.  

  • I have not found the source of this chart  but seems it could be accurate: 

  • Sunday, July 24, 2016

    Women Get Better Grades at U Minnesota Than ACT Scores Predict

    Studies: ACT scores may not be best indicator of student success

    The results come amid regents’ debate of the role of ACT scores in U admissions.
    • Jessica Hart
    June 01, 2016
    As higher education leaders weigh the use of college-entry testing, University of Minnesota research has found some tests are not representative of future academic success.
    Two University studies found women have higher GPAs than their ACT test scores alone would predict. The findings come amid months of discussion by the Board of Regents over the best way to approach standardized entrance exams.
    Heidi Keiser, University doctoral candidate and co-author of the studies published in April’s Journal of Applied Psychology, said the studies evaluated the effects of conscientiousness and course difficulty on GPAs among men and women compared to their ACT scores.
    “If we just use the ACT score alone to predict female performance in the course, their performance would be under-predicted,” Keiser said.
    She said she drew subjects from an introductory psychology course between 2011 and 2012, where 59 percent were 
    female and 41 percent were male. She then compared their ACT scores and GPAs to personality inventory results, like conscientiousness or neuroticism.
    “By using both the ACT and measure of conscientiousness, we were more accurately able to predict female performance in the course than if we were just using the ACT alone,” Keiser said.
    Conscientious behaviors play the same role in men and women, but on average females are more conscientious and perform conscientious behaviors like completing homework and attending class at a higher rate than males, Keiser said.
    ”[Given] a male with a 30 on the ACT and a female with a score of 30 on the ACT, on average … that woman will do more of these conscientious behaviors that lead to higher performance in college,” Keiser said.
    Nicole Sward, a junior at Bethel University, said she got an ACT composite score of 22. Sward said 
    she currently has a 3.90 GPA and has been on the dean’s list each year she’s attended Bethel, which she started as a full-time PSEO program high school student.
    “I had above a 4.0 in high school but struggled to even get a 22 on the ACT. I had to have an ACT tutor, but even that didn’t help me much when it came to scoring high on the ACT exam,” Sward said.
    Theatre arts, film studies and mass communication sophomore Jennifer Shaw and journalism sophomore Olivia Iverson both said they received ACT composite scores of 26, which was below the University’s average. Shaw has a 3.9 GPA, while Iverson has a 3.8 GPA.
    “I don’t think it accurately depicted me because it didn’t get a sense of how I am as a student,” Shaw said. “I don’t think that this one little number means everything about how someone is going to do for these four years of their life.”
    Keiser said her second study focused on course difficulty between men and women by creating a course difficulty index that expanded over hundreds of colleges with 150,000 male students and 180,000 female students.
    She said things like subject matter, grading standards and competition all play parts in determining course difficulty. 
    Keiser said women choose easier classes on average, which helps their GPAs. But she said this relationship is less important than the one between female students and conscientious behaviors. 
    Importance of ACT debated
    In recent months, regents have considered the importance of ACT scores in enrollment decisions. The ACT is currently used heavily to determine acceptance for freshmen, said Regent Michael Hsu. 
    One topic regents have discussed, Hsu said, is changing admissions decisions to test-optional, which would give prospective students the option to exclude ACT scores from their applications.
    Hundreds of insititutions, like George Washington University and the University of Texas, have adopted this policy, he said.
    “It disadvantages a certain percentage of the population; many of those are students of color and rural Minnesotans,” Hsu said. “I think … requiring the high ACT for the purpose of admission basically excludes a large percentage of our population.”
    He said schools that have gone test-optional have increased admittees, average ACT scores, the diversity of applicants and the number of applicants.
    “People are more concerned with maintaining the average 28 ACT than filling up a college and educating more Minnesota students,” Hsu said.
    The University could be accepting more applications and increasing the number of enrolled students, he said. Adding this would fill up college classrooms and lower tuition costs because money would be more spread out.
    Hsu said the main concern over becoming a test-optional university is that the school could be overwhelmed by applications.
    He said the Board currently has no plans for talks on ACT testing,but said it is a topic that should be discussed in the future. 
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    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Parents Who Find Marriage Matches For Grown Children

    Parents Who Find Marriage Matches For Grown Children


    CreditTom Bloom

    Some mothers — and some fathers, too — will do just about anything to see their marriage-age offspring settle down, even if that means going where parents ordinarily should never go — online and into their children’s posted dating profiles.
    “It’s almost like outsourcing your online dating to your mom,” said Kevin Leland, chief executive of, a Jewish matchmaking site and one of several Web sites that have arisen to cater to parents, some with more money than patience, who want to see that ideal match made.
    Some Korean-American mothers who claim that it is their prerogative, or at least it should be, to be granted the right of first refusal on their children’s marital selections, are known to search the Web for mates on sites like Duo.Duo is a traditional matchmaking service based in South Korea that also has a Web site designed to cater to the hopes and ideals of the parents first and the children second. Some 80 percent of the site’s clients are mothers inquiring on behalf of their sons, according to Julia Lee, whom Duo refers to as a couples coordinator. Often, she said, “the parents pay for the service and give them as a surprise gift for the children.” That gift involves filling out a 160-question survey of a candidate’s characteristics, which is then entered into the company’s matching system.
    With Duo, where annual fees can range from $2,000 to $5,000, and include seven to nine introductions, parents monitor the dating progress of their children. “Parents project their lives onto children,” Hyae-Jeong Kim, Duo’s chief executive, said in an e-mail. “Also, parents think that they are one of the decision-makers because they think that the marriage is not only a union between a man and a woman, but also two families.”

    ... . “Of course it will be my own decision who I ultimately end up marrying,” he said in an e-mail, “but I value and respect my mother’s suggestions on women I might like to date.”
    His mother, naturally, also had some thoughts on this. “If your parent is assertive or too involved in your life, this is not what they should be doing. It’s only if there is respect for the child, and the child doesn’t mind.



    Rita and Deepak Sarma of Shaker Heights, Ohio, fell in love but married only after both their families approved. CreditMichael F. McElroy for The New York Times
    WHETHER arranged marriages produce loving, respectful relationships is a question almost as old as the institution of marriage itself. In an era when40 to 50 percent of all American marriages end in divorce, some marriage experts are asking whether arranged marriages produce better relationships in the long run than do typical American marriages, in which people find each other on their own and romance is the foundation.
    Experts also ask whether there are lessons in how arranged marriages evolve that can be applied to nonarranged marriages in the United States. Among them is Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavior Research and Technology in Vista, Calif., and author of a new study, “How Love Emerges in Arranged Marriages.”
    He found that one key to a strong arranged marriage is the amount of parental involvement at its start. The most important thing parents of the couple do, he said, is to “screen for deal breakers.”
    “They’re trying to figure out whether something could go wrong that could drive people apart,” Dr. Epstein said.
    Some couples who have entered into satisfying arranged marriages do attribute the success of their unions to the involvement of their parents. A. J. Khubani was 25 in 1985 when his parents tried to get him to visit Inder Sen Israni and Maya Israni in Jaipur, India, friends of the Khubani family, and meet the couple’s daughter Poonam.
    “I just refused,” said Mr. Khubani, who was not keen on settling down because he had just started Telebrands, a company in Fairfield, N.J., that sells inventions via infomercials on late-night television. “I didn’t see why it was so important that I had to fly across the world to see one girl,” Mr. Khubani, now 52, remembered.
    Ms. Israni, now Mrs. Khubani, was not ready, either. At the time she was a soap opera star and rising Bollywood actress.
    Getting them to meet took some prodding: Mr. Khubani’s father, knowing that his son was going to Asia on business, offered to pay his way if he stopped in Jaipur. The young man and woman both relented, with the casual assumption that they would just please their parents “and that would be the end of it,” Mrs. Khubani said.
    When they finally met, neither was impressed. Mrs. Khubani recalled, “It wasn’t love at first sight at all.”

    Monday, May 23, 2016

    What are the [politically correct] reasons for test score gaps?


    What are the reasons for these gaps?
    Many researchers say that an “opportunity gap” leads to an “achievement gap.” Socio-economic factors including income levels, educational attainment, employment rates, housing options, neighborhood crime rates, and resources available to schools, are worse for African Americans and Hispanics, on average, than for Whites. These circumstances often lead to fewer opportunities for African American and Hispanic children to access a wide range of activities and experience an enriched educational environment from birth onward.
    African Americans and Hispanics often do not have the educational advantages that more wealth brings. More White students than Blacks and Hispanics have parents who went to college – the mother’s education level is a major test score predictor. For tests like the SAT, affluent students can pay for private coaching.
    Many Hispanic children live in households where English is not the first language, sometimes giving them access to fewer educational resources.
    As for the higher scores, on average, by Asians, a recent study concluded that “Asian and Asian American youth are harder working because of cultural beliefs that emphasize the strong connection between effort and achievement. Studies show that Asian and Asian American students tend to view cognitive abilities as qualities that can be developed through effort,” rather than being inborn.
    [Obviously white and black beliefs about effort and achievement must be the same, only Asians are different.]