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Biden Admin Releases ‘Guidance’ for Colleges on Affirmative Action

Biden Admin Releases ‘Guidance’ for Colleges on Affirmative Action

“Although this decision changes the landscape for admissions in higher education, it should not be used as an excuse to turn away from long-standing efforts to make those institutions more inclusive”

Do you get the sense that Democrats are pretending the Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action didn’t really happen?

Inside Higher Ed reports:

Biden Administration Releases Guidance on Affirmative Action

The federal government released long-awaited resources for colleges this morning on the implications of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down affirmative action, offering legal guidance on a number of questions that have been the subject of interpretive debate since the June 29 ruling.

The Departments of Education and Justice, which released the guidance together, encouraged colleges to thoroughly review and update their admissions policies to ensure compliance with the Supreme Court’s finding that considering race as a factor “in and of itself” was illegal.

But they also stressed what many legal experts have pointed out since the decision was handed down: that considerations of how an applicant’s race has affected their individual experience could still be considered when making admissions decisions, and that the court did not deny the value of diverse student experiences on campus.

“Although this decision changes the landscape for admissions in higher education, it should not be used as an excuse to turn away from long-standing efforts to make those institutions more inclusive,” associate attorney general Vanita Gupta said at a news conference this morning. “Race can be relevant to a person’s life or a lived experience, and may impact one’s development motivations, academic interests or personal or professional aspirations. That impact can still be considered.”


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“Dear Colleague: …”

They apparently didn’t want to reach out and ban the admissions essay, a source of torture and gamesmanship for high school students every year, so they acknowledged the possibility of gaming and said it must not be used to subvert the ruling.

It would have better to ban the essay altogether, but that was too much of a cultural shift. College admissions must remain a football to promote social churning / change, rather than a matching of resources with those individuals best able to benefit from them.

    Dimsdale in reply to artichoke. | August 17, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Dear ChatGPT, write me a college admission essay that contains the essential elements of racial disparity and disadvantages….

College admissions essays have been gamed from the beginning. Any intelligent student knows she needs to have parents, English teachers, counselors, etc look over the essay before sending it in. Some students even paid professional essay writers to do the job. Nowadays, they’ll just have an AI bot write the essay, e-mail it to their best teachers, and make sure it’s perfect.

I expect most students will talk about how being an unspecified “minority” has made life more difficult for them. White males in particular are a minority at almost all colleges (usually 35-45%), and they can talk about how their school has “shamed” them and triggered them — without mentioning what kind of minority they are.

    Dimsdale in reply to OldProf2. | August 17, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Ya beat me (see above). The schools will just go by surnames (or worse, hyphenated last names) and their appearance in interviews to determine their racial minority status, regardless of their actual income status.

“Guidance” from the guy who can’t follow a sidewalk to his own house’s door.

stella dallas | August 17, 2023 at 3:40 pm

So the head of the executive branch is saying to ignore the highest court in the land. I wonder what would happen if Trump started to say stuff like that.

JackinSilverSpring | August 18, 2023 at 9:27 am

DemoncRats mouth the platitude that no one is above the law,. What they really mean is, no Republican can challenge them when they ignore the law.