CLARENCE PAGE: HED Team Trump's affirmative action war: Not for whites only


At the same time, more than one-third of the country's population lives in states like California, Florida and MI that have banned race-conscious admissions in state universities in recent years. Fisher lost her case when the Supreme Court upheld UT Austin's policies of considering race as one component of admissions considerations, but just one year after the ruling, affirmative action policies that aim to level the playing field are under threat again.

On Tuesday, however, President Trump announced the Department of Justice is planning to investigate and possibly even sue universities using an affirmative-action based admissions process.

"Many Asian-American students who have nearly ideal SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores, top one per cent GPAs (Grade Point Average), plus significant awards or leadership positions in various extracurricular activities have been rejected by Harvard University and other Ivy League Colleges while similarly situated applicants of other races have been admitted". "However, you can go through an individualized assessment of each applicant via interpretation of their race among many factors, such as whether they play the tuba, their athletic gifts, their interests". One question is whether college admission policies in general may come under scrutiny by the Trump Justice Department.

Weekly Standard: The Justice Department Is Rethinking Affirmative Action-That's a Good Thing - "All of this is heartening news, for it reveals a Justice Department unwilling to ignore the racial discrimination in admissions that takes place in many elite schools, which have more applicants than seats".

Both Ochi and Chavez say it's been hard to predict the direction of the Trump Administration on higher education, and that means they'll keep watching. There are many low-income and working class Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who benefit from and support affirmative action policies.

A wide variety of institutions and governments on six continents have programs to expand admission of students from minority groups on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, class, geography or type of high school.

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It is also important to remember that affirmative action only applies to the nation's most selective schools. (Low enrollment of Black students at UC Berkeley is not due to a lack of unqualified applicants; 58 percent of Black students reject admission to UC Berkeley, largely because they feel isolated and unwelcome.) A 2009 Princeton study found that white students have an advantage over Asian students.

Harvard University students walk through the campus. All the legacies I saw admitted were notably successful high school students and were fully capable of succeeding at a demanding college.

These numbers don't take into account the university's worldwide student population.

We believe the fundamental way to achieve diversity is to reduce achievement gap in K-12 education, not through illegal racial balancing during college admissions.

Eisgruber will soon welcome a new freshman class, packed with some of the best students in America, but every year his admissions officers are considering more than just academics.