Glad they are taking this Asian American discrimination seriously!
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is currently investigating a complaint received in August that the University’s undergraduate admission process discriminates against Asian Americans.
An Indian-American student who graduated at the top of his high school class in California was rejected by both Princeton and Harvard University, according to Bloomberg News. The student filed a similar complaint against Harvard.
The allegation claims “that a student was denied admission to the University based on the student’s national origin/race, Asian-American,” according to a spokesman for the Department of Education, who declined to identify himself due to department policy.
University spokesperson Martin Mbugua denied that the University discriminated on the basis of race or origin.
The percentage of Asian Americans among Princeton undergraduate students has risen from 14.1 percent four years ago to 17.7 percent this year.
Sociology professor Thomas Espenshade has conducted research that shows that the applications of Asian Americans are held to a higher standard in the admission process. Espenshade’s 2009 book, “No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal,” revealed that Asian Americans need to score 140 points more than whites, 270 more than Hispanics and 450 more than African Americans on the math and reading sections of the SAT to be equally competitive in private college admissions.