The Dumbing-Down Of Education: Harvard And Yale Pull Out Of University Ranking System, Admit That Race-Based Admissions Have Caused Them To Accept Lower Test Scores

Woke universities want to have their cake and eat it too

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(Daily Caller) Top law school universities may be pulling out of one of the most high-profile ranking systems in order to drop standardized testing requirements and keep a focus on diversity, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

On Wednesday, Yale and Harvard Law school pulled out of the U.S. News & World Report saying that the “flawed” rankings fail to reward schools which help students who come from “low-income backgrounds” and have lower test scores. The schools may be dropping out of the rankings ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action because they plan to deemphasize standardized tests in the admissions process and preserve diversity, but do not want to fall in the rankings process, experts told the DCNF. (RELATED: Colleges Chose Diversity Over Merit. Now, They’re Getting Neither)

“If affirmative action falls, we can expect to see a lot of educational institutions drop objective standards from their admissions practices,” John Sailer, fellow at the National Association of Scholars, told the DCNF. “This allows them to continue race-conscious admissions by other means. Already, we see schools embracing this workaround. These top law schools probably have that in mind as they back out of the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Ranking requires clear, objective standards, and if law schools hope to go test-optional, the ranking system presents an obvious problem.”

In October, the Supreme Court showed favor towards ruling against the use of race-conscious admissions policies after hearing oral arguments against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina’s use of affirmative action in their admissions processes. The universities argue that they need to use race-based admissions policies to increase diversity on campus.

Pulling out of the U.S. News & World Report allows the law schools to focus less on academic requirements and more on diversity without dropping in the rankings, Mark Perry, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, which focuses on “defending human dignity,” told the DCNF.

“There is now widespread speculation that if  ‘affirmative discrimination’ and racial preferences are outlawed by the Supreme Court, law schools, medical schools, STEM programs and undergraduate programs at elite schools will overhaul their admissions criteria to maintain the racial diversity on their campuses that has become much more important than the academic credentials and abilities of their students,” Perry told the DCNF. “So given that student diversity is now more important than student merit and abilities, it would make sense that the top law schools are pulling out of the U.S. News & World Report rankings.”

In November, Penn Medicine announced the incoming of its “largest and most diverse” intern class with 27% of its interns being either Black, Hispanic, Latino, Native American or Pacific Islander, according to Penn Medicine News. The school said the increase comes after it implemented a “three-pronged approach” to put an emphasis on recruiting diverse interns and students.

Perry told the DCNF that other universities, such as the law schools, will follow the medical school’s approach, valuing diversity over academic qualifications.

“Although this is an example from a top medical school and not a law school, I think it’s a good example of how professional and graduate schools and programs today (medical school, law school, MBA programs, STEM programs like engineering and computer science, etc.) place a greater emphasis of the diversity of their students than the academic qualifications of their students,” Perry told the DCNF. “Therefore, in the new era of wokeness and allegiance to the holy trinity of diversity, inclusion and equity, it would make sense that the top law schools like Yale, Harvard and UC-Berkeley, just like Penn Medicine, would much rather brag about the increasing diversity of their students than their falling LSAT scores and GPAs.”

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