\doc\web\99\05\das.txtDelaware poll finds most
faculty opposed to race preferences
Date sent: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 09:36:27 -0500
From: Education Consumers ClearingHouse
Subject: [education-consumers] College faculty may be less PC than suspected
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The following are conclusions drawn from a Roper survey of faculty at U of
Clearly race and gender preferences are supported only by a minority of
professors. In my opinion, faculty attitudes at Delaware are
representative of faculty attitudes at the vast majority of colleges.
The relevant campus policies are adopted and maintained because everyone
is afraid of opposing them. They parallel the emphasis on equity,
diversity, and social justice in K-12. Anyone who objects is trashed as
racist, sexist, etc. The harm that such policies might do to the academic
priorities of an institution cannot be discussed on most
campuses--regardless of impact.
If policymakers want to know how it is that both K-12 and higher education
never seem to improve no matter how much money is spent, they should look
at the priorities represented by these policies. Clearly, social
engineering has come to take precedence over academic quality control and
campus administrators--folks who are paid premium salaries to make the
tough calls--have not only acceded to the demands of social activists,
they have made a virtue of necessity and led the parade.
If the funding were available, it would certainly be interesting to see
the results of more such surveys at campuses around the country.
Roper Survey sponsored by the Delaware Association of Scholars
The Delaware Association of Scholars (DAS) survey reveals pervasive
opposition among fulltime faculty to UD granting race, sex, and ethnic
preferences. Not only does the vast majority of faculty believe that UD
should not grant preferences, but it also stands ready to vote for
policies banning them. This opposition pervades virtually all groups
examined, regardless of college or political orientation. Faculty more
often favor race and sex preferences in student admissions than in faculty
employment, but the survey revealed no pockets of strong support for
A clear majority of groups in all colleges reports that UD actually does
grant preferences, usually as the result of informal rather than formal
policies and procedures. Nonetheless, over a quarter believe that the
preferences are supported by formal institutional policy. There is a
pervasive perception among individual faculty, then, that UD is carrying
out policies that its faculty disapprove. The AAUP's encouragement of such
policies clearly contravenes the wishes of its members.
The opposition to preferences goes much deeper than mere partisanship
because even liberals tend to oppose them. Moreover, the opposition to
preferences is accompained by substantial faculty concern that the
preferences are damaging the institution.
The high consistency of faculty perceptions across different colleges and
political orientations suggests that preferences may, in fact, be
routinely granted at UD. It also suggests that they may be damaging the
institution. Both possibilities warrant serious investigation.
Questions may be directed to Linda S. Gottfredson, DAS President.
(302) 831-1650 email@example.com c/o DAS, Box 10, 105 Trabant Student
Center, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716
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