[quote=“xtrain”]another possible side to this coin: what percentage are non-residents? might it have anything to do with the fact that non-residents often pay triple the tuition fees of resident students …
universities are leaving more spaces for them in order to improve bottom lines? I know that in canuckland, funding is continually being cut, while costs go up …[/quote]
With respect, xtrain, that is exactly the opposite of what is being done.
As Yellow Cartman alluded to earlier, the “affirmative action” policies in the United States have placed racist barriers in the way of most Asian students seeking admission to US universities.
Your average upper-class white kid will generally be given preferential treatment in admissions decisions over a poor Asian immigrant. My cousin, for example (a white girl who has had every advantage in life) would --and was-- given favoured in admissions preference over poor Asian immigrants who had studied hard in the face of adversity and succeeded in spite of the obstacles.
That’s what “affirmative action” means: ‘We treat people of different skin colour differently’.
It is indeed sad, but in most of the US, the decision has been made that skin colour should be a significant component of college admissions – and it is applicants of Asian descent (far more than whites, certainly) who have paid the price for this racist policy.
Any statistically high representation of Asian students at US colleges are in spite of, not because of, institutional barriers.
You make a legitimate point regarding non-residents – but as far as I know the majority of Asian students in the U of C system do not fall into that category. The U of C system allows them to charge the high tuition rate to “out of state” students of any origin – they need not be foreign.
Personally, I share YC’s surprise that despite the racist admissions policies Asian students have still managed to form 36% of the student body.
Makes you wonder what the percentage might be if they actually admitted students of all races equally…