From The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Harvard’s Race-Conscious Admissions Policy Is Constitutional, Judge Rules in Closely Watched Case
By Nell Gluckman OCTOBER 01, 2019
Harvard University does not discriminate against Asian American students through its use of race-conscious admissions, a federal judge ruled in a decision released on Tuesday. Writing that the university’s system “passes constitutional muster,“ Judge Allison D. Burroughs added that she would “not dismantle a very fine admissions program … solely because it could do better.”
The verdict closes the first chapter in a case that was filed against Harvard in 2014. The university was sued by Students for Fair Admissions, a membership organization that says Harvard’s admissions policies discriminate against Asian American applicants. The organization’s founder is Edward J. Blum, the same activist who was behind the case that claimed the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policy discriminated against a white student.
That case made it up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where UT-Austin’s policy was upheld in 2016. Legal scholars say the case against Harvard could wind up there as well, and if it does, it will be decided by a much more conservative bench. A new ruling could have serious implications for how and whether colleges can consider a student’s race when making decisions about whom to admit.
Harvard, which has a $39 billion endowment, tends to get its way.
Don’t bet against Harvard has been a pretty good rule for the last 383 years.
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District Court of Massachusetts in SFFA v. Harvard:
~"diversity is axiomatically good and we don't need to prove this"~ pic.twitter.com/o98LYFEswf
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