McKenna on KIRO: Is Harvard biased against Asians? Feds investigating

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KIRO 97.3 host Dave Ross asked Rob about a Dept. of Justice investigation into whether Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

Dave Ross: “Has Harvard actually been doing this, Rob?”

Rob McKenna: “Well that’s what the investigation is designed to determine. There was a coalition of Asian-American organizations who filed a complaint claiming that Harvard has penalized high-achieving Asian-Americans who apply by passing over them in favor of less qualified African-American, white, and Hispanic applicants.

“This is based in part on a 2009 study by…a Princeton University sociologist who claims that Asian-American students had to score – and I’m quoting now from an article – 140 points higher than white students on their SATs, 270 points higher than Hispanics on the SAT, and 450 points higher than African-Americans on the SAT to gain entrance into elite colleges like Harvard.

“So, that study appeared to quantify a suspicion that some Asian-American parents and students have had for some time.”