WHY ACADEMICS AVOID HONEST DEBATE ABOUT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
IN PART II WE EXPLORED THE social science evidence on mismatch, and in Part III we saw the effects of Prop 209 in reducing mismatch at the University of California. The evidence is powerful; indeed, the evidence that large racial preferences have counterproductive effects is as powerful as any body of evidence we know on any issue in higher education. But as we have seen, that evidence has, to date, had little effect on actual practices. The vast majority of academics and university administrators have seemed determined to look away from the harm done by large racial preferences.
Part IV considers why reform has been difficult and examines in turn how a series of mechanisms ...