Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Diversity in American universities: Fact and fiction

First the fiction. Sometime ago, Onion published a 'story' titled Black Guy Photoshopped In:

In the spirit of celebrating diversity at Iowa State University, a black guy was digitally added to the cover of the school's 2001 spring-semester course catalog, school officials announced Monday.

And, here's a fact:

... Black students made up an average of 7.9 percent of students at the colleges studied, but 12.4 percent of those in viewbooks. Asian students are also more likely to be found in viewbooks than on campus, making up 3.3 percent of real students on average and 5.1 percent of portrayed students. [...]


  1. Shefaly said...

    Rather interesting.

    I know that about 2 years ago, one of the two main student rags reported that Cambridge had just over 80 black students (this is not the PC definition that includes all non-white students under this label). As a percent of 21000, this is a pretty abysmal one. Strange though that it does not deserve even satire in the world press.. :-(

  2. Vishnu said...

    The Asian thing is probably not true at a place like Berkeley. Whenever I TA'ed any undergraduate class, a very high number of students were Asian. Especially women. However, I haven't seen many black students on campus. For example, in the last five years, I have seen just one black grad student in my department. Maybe 3-4 undergrads.

  3. ggop said...

    Asian thing does not apply to the UC system like the above commenter mentioned. I heard MIT is jokingly referred to as Made in Taiwan these days.