A recent study found that most people who check "other" on college applications are white, click here
. This is causing an uproar, because it makes meeting racial quotas very difficult. The study had some eyebrow raising remarks
"The racial or ethnic composition of an institution can be distorted when there is a large unknown population," reads the December study, entitled "'Unknown' Students on College Campuses: An Exploratory Analysis." It includes data from 28 colleges and universities nationwide.
I read this and thought, what do you mean "distorted"? The racial composition is what it is. Is my school Chinese? What race is your school? When asked about this phenomena, the University of Pennsylvania had this to say:
When asked if Penn takes any initiative to investigate those students who do mark "other," [Admissions Dean Lee] Stetson said that his office verifies race through contact with high school college counselors.
wtf? They verify
your race? I thought racial identity was a complicated personal thing, but let's be real; you just ask an acquaintence what color his/her skin is.
There is an interesting discussion in the comments about hispanic designation. Most racial boxes are ethnic in origin, but hispanic seems to be an ethnic/culture hybid. I always thought that was weird.