07. February 2005 · Comments Off on Superficial Diversity At Universities · Categories: General

Stephen Bainbridge comments on facilty diversity at UCLA:

I just received a 206 page book from the UCLA Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity (I had no idea we even had such a person), which provides a department by department breakdown of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity. The breakdown includes not only raw data, but also an estimate of “underutilization,” which is defined as the “difference between actual number of faculty [in a particular department] of a particular group [i.e. race or gender] and the expected number of faculty based on the availability estimate [i.e., the estimated number of potential faculty hires of that race or gender in that field nationally].”

The data are also available on line.

I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with this book, since Prop 209 presumably bars me from making use of such data in voting on hiring decisions. In any case, I note that there is no data on forms of diversity other than race and gender, such as intellectual or political diversity. No surprise there. My guess is that the highest underutilization number would be for pro-life female Republicans of all ethnicities.

TPTB at California’s universities have been livid over Prop. 209, and have been doing everything in their power to circumvent it. I’m sure faculities in Ohio are equally chagrined over this legislation:

(G) Faculty and instructors shall be hired, fired, promoted, and granted tenure on the basis of their competence and appropriate knowledge in their field of expertise and shall not be hired, fired, promoted, granted tenure, or denied promotion or tenure on the basis of their political, ideological, or religious beliefs.

Hat Tip: InstaPundit

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