Race is not only factor colleges count in seeking diversity
Many people cheered the news last week that the Trump White House reversed Obama-era policies designed to foster greater racial diversity on America’s college campuses, contending students should only be admitted on academic merit.
They wouldn’t necessarily applaud the outcome if academics became the sole criteria: overwhelmingly female campuses.
Girls outperform boys across the country, which is why more than 56 percent of college students today are women. Admissions directors have acknowledged bypassing more qualified females to admit enough males for gender balance; neither young women nor young men want to attend a school that’s nearly all female.