White People Support Academic Meritocracy When It Benefits Them, Study Suggests

University of Miami professor Frank L. Samson looked at the idea of meritocracy through the lens of admissions standards in the University of California system. He found that white participants changed their ideas of what was meritocratic based on what benefitted white, as opposed to Asian-American, applicants.After learning whites made up a majority of students at a school, half of the studys participants were asked to evaluate the importance of academic achievement when they were assessing university applicants. The participants related that universities should place high value on an applicants standardized test scores and class rank.Other study participants were told that Asian-Americans are disproportionately admitted to the school. These participants related that less weight should be placed on an applicants academics.The study concludes that, “the shift to an Asian American plurality provoked a reaction that caused white evaluators to create an altered standard when weighing the academic merits of college applicants.”


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