I attend a college that has and has always had a large majority of White students and extremely few Black and Hispanic students. Recently, the administration distributed a list of suggestions for increasing diversity. There were some common-sense suggestions that almost everybody agreed with, such as sending recruiters to local high schools that have high minority representation. But there were others that stirred up a lot of controversy, particularly this one:
For one thing, nobody has been willing to say exactly what the administration means by this. If they mean that any minority student who enrolls will automatically graduate regardless of their academic record, then it seems to me to be a terrible idea. Besides the obvious unfairness of it, there’s also the fact that no company would want to hire a Black or Hispanic graduate from a college that has such a policy.
On the other hand, it might just me a sort of informal agreement to help minority students who chose to attend. Of course there’s nothing wrong with this, but if they are using that definition, then shouldn’t they just “commit” to graduating everybody who enrolls?