Should Brown consider race in student admissions decisions?
32.9% No, but it should consider other aspects of diversity, like socioeconomic status
6.9% No opinion
Should Brown consider race when hiring professors?
14.7% No, but it should consider other aspects of diversity, like gender
9.4% No opinion
I find these results startling. Nearly three in five Brown students oppose the consideration of race in student admissions, and more than half oppose the consideration of race in faculty hiring. My Brown classmate ('84) and co-blogger Dan Filler might have a different recollection, but I think these numbers would have been much higher in favor of the consideration of race when we were students there. (And note that Brown's student body remains quite stereotypically liberal: the same poll revealed that two-thirds planned to vote for Barack Obama and just 7% for Mitt Romney, and that more than eighty percent support the abortion rights.)
I would also imagine that a poll of the faculty at Brown would reveal much stronger support for the consideration of race in student admissions and faculty hiring than the student poll revealed. I am pretty certain that a poll of faculty at my home institution of UNC-Chapel Hill would reveal stronger faculty support for the consideration of race than the poll of Brown students revealed.
I wonder whether the Brown polling data reveal evidence of a generational shift on the relevance and meaning of race in education.