Duke Study Shows Blacks Switch From Harder Courses to Easier Courses

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    Cassie Smithposted 5 years ago

    According to a study by three Duke researchers, of the 76% incoming black male freshmen to Duke who intend to major in hard sciences or economics courses, more than half switch tracks to humanities and soft social sciences which grade more liberally.  It ends up that only 35% of black male students graduate with a science or economics degree.  Duke admits black students with SAT scores on average over one standard deviation below those of whites 1275 vs 1414.  So what's the point of affirmative action if racial preferences harm black students by making them give up their science degrees because they are not as well prepared.