Phi Beta Cons

Yale Needs Hiring Quotas

There’s an article today in the Chronicle of Higher Education about an “unsparing report” at Yale released yesterday on the school’s failure to have a politically correct racial, ethnic, and gender mix in its faculty. 

A non-Yale expert is quoted as saying that the findings are consistent with what “she sees across higher education.”  The solution?  “Every college, she said, should collect hiring and retention data down to the departmental level, and hold people accountable for a lack of progress” (my italics). And we know that that means, don’t we, comrades? 

Certainly the authors of the Yale report do:  “The report makes 19 recommendations, including setting numerical goals for hiring” (again, my italics;  see recommendation #2 on page 5 of the report itself, here).

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Not only is hiring by the numbers unfair and divisive, and not only is it bad for students and the university not to hire the most qualified individuals to teach and do research there, but it is illegal

The words “law” and “legal” each appear exactly once in the report, by the way (in a reference to “law students” and in a historical discussion of “legal mandates” during the late 1960s and early 1970s), and there is no citation at all of the relevant federal law prohibiting hiring discrimination — so apparently this little problem was just ignored. 

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