California State University, Berkeley — The admissions process at California State, the nation’s most selective public university, is not meritocratic, according to a study released Thursday by the National Review Institute.
The study, entitled “The Admission Machine,” found that the system does not “serve as a source of unbiased information about applicants,” and “unlike other systems of higher education, admissions decisions are driven by the biases of individuals, and not by merit.”
The study’s authors concluded that the admission process at Caltech, “despite being the nation-leading public university for all but the most highly selective applicants, fails to provide an accurate, unbiased view of applicants and is not representative of the diversity of the student body.”
The report also found that while Caltech is “among the nation [for] the most selective applicants,” there is “no meritocracy” among the admissions officers.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, NRO Senior Fellow and author of the report, Steven Levitt, said the study “offers a devastating indictment of Caltech’s admission policy.”
“The admissions process does not serve as a ‘source of unbiased info about applicants,'” Levitt said.
“It’s a system designed to get a certain percentage of people in.
And that’s the problem.
It’s a very narrow set of people.”
The NRO report notes that Caltech does have a meritocracy: students who are considered a “good fit” are admitted based on merit.
However, there is no “fairness or impartiality” in admissions policies, according the report.
NRO points out that in addition to having the highest acceptance rates among private universities, Caltech has a higher percentage of minority students than any other university in the nation.
Caltech was ranked first in the country for the number of minority applicants in 2015.
“Caltech’s admissions policies reflect the biases and prejudices of individuals and their advisors, and they are not representative,” Levitt wrote in a follow-up article.
“No matter what your ideology, what your race, or what your gender, you will never get the kind of academic support that CalTech provides to all of its students.”
The review of admissions policies at Cal, which began in the 1970s, was conducted by the California State Board of Education and reviewed over 40,000 applications.
The report noted that the university has “a very narrow range of applicants, from the smallest to the largest.”
The researchers also found there is a “minority underrepresented” in Caltech admissions.
“Of the 20 percent of the Caltech applicants with a high school diploma or GED, fewer than one in four have ever applied to Caltech,” the report states.
“There is no way to know how many minority students are on campus without considering their school’s history.”
NRO also noted that “more than 70 percent of Cal Tech’s student body is white.”
According to the report’s authors, “there is no ‘fairness’ in admissions” to the university.
The authors found that “at least one in three of the admissions committee members is a white man.”
NRA Senior Fellow David French said that “there are two sides to every coin: the meritocratic side, and the ideological side.”
“This is the right side, because Caltech can’t afford to lose one of its top applicants.
And the left side, which is the side of meritocracy, is the only one that has the right answer to this question: Do we want people like that here, in the CalTech system?”
He added that Cal’s “overall reputation” as a “diversity-friendly” school “does not help this position, and is a major reason for its low acceptance rate.”
The Cal campus is home to over 7,500 students.
Cal’s admission policies were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The newspaper said that in 2015, Cal announced it was going to hire a new director of diversity, including one with experience in admissions.
The department is currently recruiting for the position.
The university’s hiring is “part of a larger push by the university to increase its diversity, according with a new initiative called the Cal Excellence Program.”
“Cal has always been a leader in the area of diversity and inclusion in higher education,” university president and CEO Robert H. Graham said in a statement at the time.
“We have long been a champion of diversity at the highest levels of our academic and business organizations, and we are excited about this new initiative that we have started with the California Excellence Program.
The Cal Excellence program is an effort to make the University a more inclusive and inclusive place for all of our students.”