Raul J. Fernandez
Entrepreneur, sports teams owner

Raul J. Fernandez

Chairman of ObjectVideo, a private technology firm, and part owner of the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics.

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A slippery slope

Q: Civil rights investigators are examining whether some colleges are admitting higher percentages of male applicants so their campuses won't be dominated by women. Are women being penalized for being more successful students? Should gender be taken into account in the admissions process?

Artificially adjusting entry criteria for gender, race or any other criteria other than merit is a slippery slope that can never end well. A university, corporation or government should not try to artificially adjust targets to keep balance. Where does that end?

A better approach is to have a rational set of principles that are universally accepted and applied. I am sensitive to past wrongs and a need to have reconciliation. That's fine for a fixed amount of time.

We live in a fast-growing world where countries that we never had to compete with are beginning to take leadership roles in industries. They are not achieving that position by artificially adjusting standards, they are achieving that position with a focus on education, performance that is reminiscent of the best of the American age of innovation.

As a nation, we are in for a rude wake up call if we do not look at the increasing level of global competition. The only way I know to be competitive is to have the best and brightest in our colleges, not the best and brightest under some quota or formula.

By Raul J. Fernandez  |  December 17, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  | Category:  education Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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