What Is the University Diversity Scam?

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Mar 23, 2015

America's campuses, particularly those in California, spend tens of millions of dollars on administrators and programs to combat issues like sexism, homophobia, and racism on campus. But are these problems in any way prevalent at our universities? Or is this diversity bureaucracy a big waste of money? Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute explains.

The preponderance of “diversity” administrators on campuses is a scam.

  • The massive push to create “diversity” positions, like the one at the University of California, is a sham.View Source
  • Example: Amid a budget crisis, UC San Diego created an expensive new “equity, diversity, and inclusion” position to add to its long list of diversity positions, including Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, faculty equity advisors, graduate diversity coordinators, various diversity liaisons, and numerous other useless positions.View Source
  • Related reading: Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It – Richard SanderView Source
  • Related reading: Affirmative Action Around the World – Thomas SowellView Source

Universities value “diversity” more than they value excellence.

  • Diversity initiatives assume search committees are one step away from gender or race discrimination, when what they are really focused on is hiring the best candidate. Example: In 2012, UC San Diego administration attempted for force a committee to hire a sub-par candidate. The faculty insisted on hiring the most qualified candidate, so the administrators invented an “excellence” position for the less qualified candidate.View Source
  • Read Heather Mac Donald on California’s self-destructive diversity agenda.View Source
  • Related reading: Affirmative Action Around the World – Thomas SowellView Source
  • Related reading: Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed - Jason RileyView Source

The only institution dumb enough to spend millions of dollars on hiring “diversity” administrators is the university.

  • The massive push to create “diversity” positions, like the one at the University of California, is a sham.View Source
  • Example: Amid a budget crisis, UC San Diego created an expensive new “equity, diversity, and inclusion” position to add to its long list of diversity positions, including Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, faculty equity advisors, graduate diversity coordinators, various diversity liaisons, and numerous other useless positions.View Source
  • Related reading: Affirmative Action Around the World – Thomas SowellView Source
  • Related reading: Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It – Richard SanderView Source

An overwhelming amount of evidence shows that diversity programs like affirmative action hurt the very students they’re designed to help.

  • Duke University has a policy of accepting black students with lower GPA scores, yet its own professors have shown that low performing students are unable to keep up and often move into majors that are easier to pass.View Source
  • The “mismatch theory” maintains that underqualified college students will learn less in college and face higher dropout rates.View Source
  • Read Heather Mac Donald on the self-destructive diversity agenda.View Source
  • Related reading: Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It – Richard SanderView Source
  • Related reading: Affirmative Action Around the World – Thomas SowellView Source
  • Related reading: Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed - Jason RileyView Source

American universities are blowing up their own budgets to create useless “diversity” positions.

  • Despite a state budget crisis, UC San Diego created a vaguely defined and very expensive new position called the “Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” to add to its long list of diversity positions, including assistant vice chancellor for diversity, faculty equity advisors, graduate diversity coordinators, various diversity liaisons, etc.View Source
  • Read Heather Mac Donald on California’s self-destructive diversity agenda.View Source
  • Related reading: Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It – Richard SanderView Source
  • Related reading: Black Education: Myths and Tragedies – Thomas SowellView Source

No matter how cash-strapped universities say they are, somehow they’re always able to keep adding diversity administrators and courses.

  • In March 2011, UC San Diego cut its master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, its master’s program in comparative literature, and courses in French, German, Spanish, and English literature.View Source
  • In June 2011, UC San Diego lost three prominent cancer researchers to Rice University because of pay issues.View Source
  • And yet, somehow, UC San Diego added new diversity requirements for graduation.View Source
  • Related reading: Affirmative Action Around the World – Thomas SowellView Source
  • Related reading: Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed - Jason RileyView Source

Are colleges across America rife with racism, sexism, and homophobia? 

If you answer, "No, that's absurd," you probably have a fair amount of common sense. If you answer, yes, you are probably a college administrator.

Wait, you might ask, college administrators accuse their own schools of being racist, sexist and homophobic? How does that make any sense? 

To understand how a college administrator thinks, you must first, as the popular saying goes, "follow the money." If you do, you will not only discover why college administrators declare their own colleges racist, sexist and homophobic, but also why, if you're a student, your tuition keeps going up, and why, if you're a parent, your bank balance keeps going down.

Here's a how it works. If colleges are racist, sexist and homophobic, the only way to change that, if you're a college administrator, is to create a massive diversity bureaucracy. And that, of course, is massively expensive. 

No institution provides a more vivid example than the University of California, a once great university system which is self-destructing in the name of diversity. 

The diversity ideology has encroached upon every aspect of the University of California's collective psyche and mission. It is the one constant in every university endeavor; it impinges on hiring, distorts the curriculum, and sucks up vast amounts of faculty time and taxpayer money. 

Even the university's ongoing budget problems have not touched it. Since 2010 UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, and UCLA have all created new vice chancellorships in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with salaries starting at a quarter million dollars a year or higher.

Each of these new posts is wildly redundant. Yet each new diversity position inevitably generates an even greater surge of junior bureaucrats, all sucking in tuition dollars. 

In 2011, UC Berkeley's vice chancellor for equity and inclusion presided over a staff of 17; yet, just one year later, his staff had ballooned to 24. No wonder the number of administrators at the University of California almost equals that of the faculty. 

Here's an only partial list of the diversity bureaucracy at UC San Diego. 

The associate vice chancellor for faculty equity
The assistant vice chancellor for diversity
The staff diversity liaison
The undergraduate student diversity liaison
The graduate student diversity liaison
The chief diversity officer
The director of development for diversity initiatives
The director of the Cross-Cultural Center
The director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center,
The director of the Women's Center.

These diversity bureaucrats place nonstop pressure on departments to hire on the basis of race, gender and sexual preference. 

Their trick is to set the hiring bar low enough to scoop in more female and minority candidates, and then declare that anyone above that bar is "qualified enough" to trump the most qualified candidate, when that candidate is a white or Asian male. 

But sometimes even that evisceration of standards isn't enough.  In that case, the Administration simply creates a new hiring category.

In September 2012, after UC San Diego's Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty refused to hire a mediocre female professor whom the administration had tried to force on them, the engineering school announced that it would be creating a QUOTE "excellence" position, the school's Orwellian phrase for women and minorities who cannot get hired even after hiring standards have been lowered. 

Remember, these machinations are all in the service of a problem that doesn't exist. It's entirely fabricated. UC's campuses -- like colleges throughout America -- are easily the most welcoming and inclusive social environments in human history (at least if you're not a conservative). 

Female and minority students are surrounded by caring adults who are dedicated to their academic success; they enjoy opportunities for learning and self-development that are the envy of the world. As for the faculty, the idea that any academic department would reject the most qualified candidate simply because that candidate was black, Hispanic, female or gay is absurd, not to mention an entirely gratuitous insult to every faculty member on the hiring committees.
 
Universities should be the institution in society that is the most dedicated to reason and evidence-based decisions. But with their crusade against their own make-believe racism and sexism, UC and almost every other American university betray that ideal every day. 

I'm Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute for Prager University.

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