Tracking Racial Diversity in Universities of the Pacific Athletic Conference

pac-12-placeholderA study by the online news platform ranked the 12 universities in the Pacific Athletic Conference by the percentage of minority students in their student bodies. UCLA ranked first with ethnic minority students making up 69.8 percent of total enrollments. The University of Oregon ranked last with 20.9 percent of all students from ethnic minority groups.

Below is a chart showing the percentages of all ethnic minority students and the percentage of Blacks in the undergraduate student bodies at each institution. It is clear that the vast majority of ethnic minority students at PAC-12 schools are either Hispanic or Asian. Very few are Black. It should be noted that at state operated universities in California and Washington State, race cannot be considered in admissions decisions.

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  1. This study is very misleading and misguided because it focuses on the aggregate of “ethnic minorities” as compared to the disaggregate number of native born Blacks at the PAC 12 institutions. Further, this is another attempt to make it appear that PAC 12 institutions student bodies consists of significant number of non-White students. When in fact the majority of the non-White students enrolled at PAC 12 institutions hail from either Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc., and certainly not native born Blacks. This study would have more validity if it would have compared the percentage of native born Blacks attending PAC 12 institutions to its composition of their various athletic teams. Finally, it’s utterly amazing how the PAC 12, Big 10, ACC, SEC, Big East, WAC, etc. can so easily search the entire USA or planet looking for the next “blue chip” Black athlete. Yet, these institutions will not expend similar time and energy trying to recruit native born Black students.

  2. Re: Editor;

    I think you’re missing my basic premise concerning the PAC 12 institutions and their abysmal record concerning native born Black student populations at these respective institutions. It’s quite obvious these particular institutions have consistently shown their lack of will to increase the number of native born Black students(not including Black student athletes).

    I think it’s rather disingenuous how academe have the Chutzpah to literally place all other ethnic groups in the same category as native born Blacks. When in fact, these other non-White ethnic groups do not have the same issues or history as native born Blacks and should be identified accordingly.

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