Diversity and Inclusion
In their new book, Campus Diversity: The Hidden Consensus, Dartmouth College professors John M. Carey and Yusaku Horiuchi together with Katherine Clayton, a political science Ph.D. student at Stanford University, assert that students generally support affirmative action — both for admissions and for faculty hiring — something that is overlooked in the ongoing and often ugly debates around the controversial policy. The conclusions are based on surveys conducted that use “conjoint analysis”, where respondents see a table with two candidates for admission and information about them in various categories. The surveys do not use the phrase “affirmative action,” but rather ask study participants to “admit” one of the student profiles. The results, based on hundreds of replies from the four institutions were consistent in showing a preference for students of every race and ethnicity over whites.