I'm no fan of identity-based quotas, but even I can realize that some identity-based quotas are worse than others.
In a deceptive, October 19, 2007 article entitled "Women Face More Competition in Admissions Process," for The Student Life, the lead reads as follows:
In order to maintain the 50-50 gender balance on campus, the Pomona College Office of Admissions must reject female applicants at a higher rate than their male counterparts. This is a growing trend at Pomona, as well as at other institutions like Boston College, Wesleyan University, Tufts, and the College of William and Mary. [emphasis mine].Way down in the article, they bury the very significant details that "[i]n all three subject areas on the SAT, male applicants for the class of 2011 earned consistently higher scores than female applicants" and "for the class of 2011, [Pomona] admitted 466 men and 498 women."
Instead of pursuing the real story, which becomes clear in a dicussion with Dean of Admissions Bruce Poch, who notes the real quotats:
that it can be misleading to look at these data without understanding the context and explained that there are varying admission rates when other factors—like ethnic background, financial aid status, and even major—are taken into account.Had Pomona's Julie Trescott read Claremont McKenna's Claremont Independent's "Admission Suspicions Confirmed," (11/06/06), she would have wondered if Pomona had a racial quotas (they do), instead of gender quotas (they might). Here's the quotation from last year's Claremont Independent:
While CMC does not discriminate based on political leaning, it does discriminate on race. Statistics provided by the admissions office show that it admitted roughly 45 percent of both black and Hispanic applicants, versus 22 percent of the white applicants and 17 percent of the Asian applicants. The gap suggests an agenda on the part of CMC admissions, though, according to Vos, no such agenda exists.