Students for Fair Admissions alleges that Harvard's rating system is stacked against Asian-Americans who tend to score lower on evaluations of personal traits, such as likability, even though their tests scores may be higher than those of other applicants and they participate in many extracurricular activities.
The policies were introduced by Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, and outlined legal recommendations for institutions looking to consider race in applications as a way to boost diversity on campuses.
The ruling bitterly disappointed conservatives who thought that Kennedy would be part of a Supreme Court majority to outlaw affirmative action in education.
A diverse class made up of students of different races, religions, political affiliations, and geographical backgrounds benefits everybody, said Michael Armini, a spokesman for Northeastern University who leads its government relations office.More news: Russian Federation manager Stanislav Cherchesov
Colleges and universities began using those same guidelines in their admissions process, but affirmative action soon prompted intense debate in the decades following, with several cases appearing before the US Supreme Court. The guidance said that while race should not be the primary factor in an admission decision, schools could lawfully consider it in the interest of achieving diversity.
It comes as the Justice Department is investigating whether Harvard University is illegally discriminating against Asian American students by holding them to a higher standard during the admissions process.
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Mr. Arcidiacono found that an otherwise identical applicant bearing an Asian-American male identity with a 25 percent chance of admission would have a 32 percent chance of admission if he were white, a 77 percent chance of admission if he were Hispanic, and a 95 percent chance of admission if he were black. "We still have all of the Supreme Court rulings that would influence how we handle this". That lawsuit in US District Court in Boston hinges on whether Harvard limits the number of Asian-American students it admits every year. There's no question that one of the areas that this administration wants to take a swipe at is affirmative action, as they describe it.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on the planned announcement this morning. "The federal government should not threaten colleges and universities in their efforts to construct inclusive campuses".
Anurima Bhargava: They were put together to explain how schools, colleges, and universities could promote diversity and address segregation and racial isolation in ways that were consistent with the existing law.More news: Serena Williams Speaks Out About Unfair Drug Testing