ON-Lion Letter
An October study from the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO) in Falls Church, Va., found evidence of racial discrimination in law, undergraduate, and medical-school admissions at the University of Oklahoma.

The CEO study, which analyzes data obtained from the University itself, found that African Americans were admitted to all three schools with lower academic qualifications than students from other racial and ethnic groups.  There was some evidence of preferential treatment for American Indian applicants, as well.

The study was written by CEO research fellow Althea Nagai.  The Oklahoma Association of Scholars helped obtain the data.

"It should not matter to a university whether an applicant has a particular skin color or what country his or her ancestors came from," CEO founder and chairman Linda Chavez said.  "In an increasingly multiracial and multiethnic society, the use of racial preferences is unacceptable."

And according to CEO president and general counsel Roger Clegg, "It is disappointing but not surprising that the University of Oklahoma uses racial preferences in admissions.  The fact is that most selective schools in the United States use these preferences unless a court or state law explicitly tells them not to."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports CEO.
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