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Friday, June 27, 2003

On Competitiveness


This from UT is interesting:
“We are very pleased here at The University of Texas at Austin that the Supreme Court’s rulings today place the state of Texas and higher education institutions in the state on the same competitive basis as education institutions throughout the United States,” Faulkner said in a news conference.

Now, it may just be me, but I thought adding in race-preferences (yes, Mr. Yglesias, and legacy preferences as well) reduced the competitive basis of higher education institutions by giving certain people legs up purely by accident of birth. It can be debated whether or not specific reductions in competitiveness are acceptable or not, but it does seem rather ludicrous to say special benefits based on who your parents are increases competitiveness. (Then again, with the ten-percent rule, perhaps it does make the remaining non-taken slots more competitive. But legacy and affirmative action don't guarantee an auto-admit like being in the top ten percent of a crap school does.)

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