“The move is based on past Supreme Court decisions, not the current lawsuit against Harvard University”
The Department of Education had a lot to do with this but a recent survey found most Americans agree on this point.
Inside Higher Ed reports:
OCR Tells Med School to Stop Considering Race in Admissions
The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights is requiring Texas Tech University’s medical school to stop considering race in admissions. The move marks an escalation of the Trump administration’s moves against colleges’ affirmative action policies.
The move is based on past Supreme Court decisions, not the current lawsuit against Harvard University, which critics of affirmative action hope will be a vehicle to limit the ability of colleges to consider race in admissions.
In the OCR agreement with Texas Tech, the government states that the medical school could resume consideration of race in admissions if it provides a “reasoned, principled explanation for its decision and identifies concrete and precise goals” consistent with legal standards. Any such future plan — which OCR would require the university to provide the government 60 days in advance for review — would have to show that race-neutral alternatives would not work. Further, the plan would need to show that “no undue burden is imposed on applicants of any racial groups.”
Texas Tech’s medical school appears to have gotten in trouble for failing to demonstrate that it was conducting regular reviews of its affirmative action programs to be sure that consideration of race was needed.
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