Harvard Accused of Bias Against Asian-Americans

Daily News Article - May 19, 2015

Questions

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1. Define the following words as used in the article:

  1. alleged/alleges/allegations (para. 1, 4, 11)
  2. coalition (para. 2)
  3. subjective (para. 4)
  4. holistic (para. 4, 7)
  5. cease and desist (para. 5)
  6. diverse (para. 7)
  7. stereotypes (para. 9)
  8. elite [schools] (para. 10)
  9. race-neutral (para. 10)
  10. preferences (para. 11)

2. Who has filed the complaint with the US education department's office for civil rights?

3. a) What does the complaint allege? Be specific.
b) What evidence do they provide to support their allegations?

4. What does the coalition want?

5. a) How has Harvard responded to the complaint?
b)  What do you think of this response?  (Do you think Asian students, in general, are not meeting the school’s additional measures such as extracurricular activities and leadership qualities?)

6. What stereotype does Yukong Zhao say exists regarding Asian applicants?

7. Do you think the coalition has a legitimate complaint? Explain your answer.

8. Should Harvard change its admission policies to use race-neutral admissions the way other elite universities do? Explain your answer.

PLEASE NOTE: Daily posting and “Answers” emails will end for the school year on Friday, May 29th.