- Dec 2017
As I'm sure you may already be aware, there has actually been found to be a significant problem with Affirmative Action students being accepted to elite Universities for rigorous subjects--for instance, Engineering at MIT, only to find out it is not a wise move putting themselves in an environment that their scores/qualifications do not merit. That is, they quickly have to drop out as it becomes overwhelming, even though they would do just fine (or even well) at their states corresponding 'big public school' (i.e. Ohio State University, U of Texas, etc.). If a person is legitimately going to make it at MIT, then their Mathematics skills would need to be in the top fraction of 1% of the country, or they will not survive--as you are competing against students who are at that mark (or superior).
Bottom line, affirmative action ultimately does not even help them, rather it sells them false hopes which becomes even more damaging when they are confronted by it the hard way (in a very uncomfortable format). Also, of course, another person who may have been better suited/prepared for the program was passed up.