The Real Boost From Affirmative Action Bans

When affirmative action is removed from admissions, it's Asian-Americans, not whites, who benefit most.

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The ban has had a strong impact on UC-Berkeley.

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When affirmative action is removed from admissions, it's Asian-Americans, not whites, who benefit the most. A new study to be published this week in a University of California-Los Angeles journal finds that white enrollment declined while Asian-American enrollment surged at some top universities in states where consideration of race is illegal.

The study tracked freshman enrollment patterns from 1990 through 2005 in three states, California, Florida, and Texas. The results were particularly striking in California, where Asian-Americans filled the gap created by the decline in African-American and Hispanic enrollment, the study says. At the University of California-Berkeley, Asian-American enrollment jumped from 37.30 percent in 1995 to 46.59 percent in 2005.

Notes Ward Connerly, a leading proponent of race-blind admissions, "It's just a matter of following the data, and the data is very clear: Asian-Americans are outperforming everybody."