What is the University Diversity Scam?

What is the University Diversity Scam?

October 12, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


Are colleges across America rife with racism,
sexism, and homophobia? If you answer, “No, that’s absurd,” you probably
have a fair amount of common sense. If you answer, yes, you are probably a college administrator. Wait, you might ask, college administrators
accuse their own schools of being racist, sexist and homophobic? How does that make
any sense? To understand how a college administrator
thinks, you must first, as the popular saying goes, “follow the money.” If you do, you will
not only discover why college administrators declare their own colleges racist, sexist
and homophobic, but also why, if you’re a student, your tuition keeps going up, and why, if you’re a parent, your bank balance keeps going down. Here’s a how it works. If colleges are racist,
sexist and homophobic, the only way to change that, if you’re a college administrator, is
to create a massive diversity bureaucracy. And that, of course, is massively expensive. No institution provides a more vivid example
than the University of California, a once great university system which is self-destructing
in the name of diversity. The diversity ideology has encroached upon
every aspect of the University of California’s collective psyche and mission. It is the one
constant in every university endeavor; it impinges on hiring, distorts the curriculum,
and sucks up vast amounts of faculty time and taxpayer money. Even the university’s ongoing budget problems
have not touched it. Since 2010 UC San Francisco, UC San Diego, and UCLA have all created new
vice chancellorships in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with salaries starting at a
quarter million dollars a year or higher. Each of these new posts is wildly redundant.
Yet each new diversity position inevitably generates an even greater surge of junior
bureaucrats, all sucking in tuition dollars. In 2011, UC Berkeley’s Vice Chancellor for
Equity and Inclusion presided over a staff of 17; yet, just one year later, his staff
had ballooned to 24. No wonder the number of administrators at the University of California
almost equals that of the faculty. Here’s an only partial list of the diversity
bureaucracy at UC San Diego. The associate vice chancellor for faculty
equity The assistant vice chancellor for diversity The staff diversity liaison The undergraduate student diversity liaison The graduate student diversity liaison The chief diversity officer The director of development for diversity initiatives The director of the Cross-Cultural Center The director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender
Resource Center The director of the Women’s Center. These diversity bureaucrats place nonstop
pressure on departments to hire on the basis of race, gender and sexual preference. Their trick is to set the hiring bar low enough
to scoop in more female and minority candidates, and then declare that anyone above that bar
is “qualified enough” to trump the most qualified candidate, when that candidate is a white
or Asian male. But sometimes even that evisceration of standards
isn’t enough. In that case, the Administration simply creates a new hiring category. In September 2012, after UC San Diego’s Electrical
and Computer Engineering faculty refused to hire a mediocre female professor whom the
administration had tried to force on them, the engineering school announced that it would
be creating a QUOTE “excellence” position, the school’s Orwellian phrase for women and
minorities who cannot get hired even after hiring standards have been lowered. Remember, these machinations are all in the
service of a problem that doesn’t exist. It’s entirely fabricated. UC’s campuses — like
colleges throughout America — are easily the most welcoming and inclusive social environments
in human history (at least if you’re not a conservative). Female and minority students are surrounded
by caring adults who are dedicated to their academic success; they enjoy opportunities
for learning and self-development that are the envy of the world. As for the faculty,
the idea that any academic department would reject the most qualified candidate simply
because that candidate was black, Hispanic, female or gay is absurd, not to mention an
entirely gratuitous insult to every faculty member on the hiring committees. Universities should be the institution in
society that is the most dedicated to reason and evidence-based decisions. But with their
crusade against their own make-believe racism and sexism, UC and almost every other American
university betray that ideal every day. I’m Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute
for Prager University.