Is there bias against Asian-Americans In university admissions?

Feb 18, 2014

Asian College

Jessica Peng, left, and Lauren Sit talk about proposed college admissions guidelines affecting Asian students at Lowell High School in San Francisco, Thursday, April 23, 2009. ; Credit: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Studies suggest that Asian-American students at highly selective universities have mean SAT scores considerably higher than their classmates yet are rejected at a disproportionate rate.

Enrollment at the Ivies remains stagnant as the number of Asian students in the US has more than doubled in that period. Is there a benign explanation for these numbers? Rumors of discriminatory quotas abound — what’s really happening?

Audio from the audience Q&A portion of this live event will be available shortly. 


Richard H. Sander, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Richard Sander has taught at UCLA Law School since 1989. He has studied affirmative action and its impact since 2004 and is the author (along with Stuart Taylor, Jr.) of the recent book, Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It. He recently won a significant case before the California Supreme Court involving law school admissions.

Nancy Leong, Professor of Law, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver

Professor Leong graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University before attending Stanford Law School, where she graduated with distinction and was a member of the Stanford Law Review. Her scholarship and teaching interests include constitutional rights and remedies. She recently published an extensive article in the Harvard Law Review on the topic of Racial Capitalism. In the fall of 2013 she was a visiting professor at the School of Law at UCLA.

Albert Giang,  Attorney with Caldwell, Leslie and Proctor law firm in L.A.

Albert Giang is an attorney in private practice who has litigated numerous cases involving affirmative action in university admissions. He filed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court on behalf of 70 Asian American organizations defending the use of affirmative action. He has been named one of the leading “under 40” Asian American attorneys in the country.

Kevin Newman, Assistant Head of School at the Windward School – a college preparatory school in Los Angeles.

Newman has been involved in the college admissions process for over fifteen years. He earned an M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson School and an Educational Doctorate Degree from UCLA.  His dissertation research focused on creating a positive, multi-cultural environment in independent schools.

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