Some students at the University of Florida questioned their support for diversity quotas if they were applied to the school's D1 football program, according to a Campus Reform study comprising interviews with students.
During a Gators gameday interview, a Campus Reform reporter asked students if they supported diversity quotas "in the industry and in the college admissions process." Initially, every student interviewed supported the use of diversity in hiring and admissions decisions.
“They should probably have diversity quotas for college admissions and a bunch of other things,” expressed one student. “As a first-generation college student from a Hispanic household it’s very important,” another student stated.
But when the reporter asked if diversity requirements should be applied to college sports, all the same students immediately rejected the notion, citing the need to let talent, skill, and ability be the determining factors for athletics. “Obviously, with sports, it’s talent first over anything,” said one interviewee. Applying diversity quota to a sports team “doesn’t make much sense; it should be based on skill,” said another.
Some students tried to explain away their apparent discrepancy by claiming that sports are "different" from employment and admissions.
The reporter then showed the pupils what would happen if the Gators' starting offense was chosen by a diversity quota based on the school's demographics. The unit would lose the majority of its present starters, with only one black player remaining, according to the reporter.
Some of the interviewees began to publicly doubt the logic that prompted them to embrace diversity quotas in the first place. “We’d probably be losing because we recruit based on skill and if we recruited based on diversity we’d probably be worse,” one student concluded.
The reporter asked if they had changed their minds and whether the logic they applied to reject diversity quotas in sports should also be applied “in other sectors like the work place, like college admissions.”
“It is a good way to open your eyes” and “admit students based on their scores and their academic merit more so than diversity,” replied one student. “I don’t necessarily think quotas are the way to go. I know they’re unconstitutional. I know they’re wrong,” said another student.
In recent years, colleges have been spending millions of dollars on promoting diversity initiatives in schools and within their administrations.