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Hoosier Bias and Bravery


In the December 27 edition of The Indianapolis Star, Robert H. Heidt, who teaches law at Indiana University in Bloomington and has sat on the school’s admissions committee, blows the whistle on discrimination there. He reveals that “we at Bloomington enforce a de facto quota of the minimum number of blacks and other minorities we are determined to enroll in each first-year law school class” and that, in order to meet the quota, “we regularly lower our usual standards of admission”—indeed, “of all the law schools in the country approved by the American Bar Association, none regularly lowers its standards of admission for affirmative action purposes as much as we do.” As a result, “we must leapfrog less qualified minority applicants over approximately 330 more qualified non-minority applicants each year.” Professor Heidt also discloses that the university “follow[s] a similarly heavy-handed affirmative action policy for financial aid and faculty recruitment.”

The kind of discrimination that Professor Heidt describes is not unusual. It is, of course, the norm, as studies by the Center for Equal Opportunity over the past several years have documented in undergraduate, medical school, and law school admissions. What is unusual is a university official willing to shine a spotlight on this shameful practice. Hats off to Professor Heidt.


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