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Justice Dept. could look into affirmative action decisions at universities




Workers staff the Undergraduate Admissions office at the University of Michigan, which was the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning affirmative action in 2003.
Workers staff the Undergraduate Admissions office at the University of Michigan, which was the subject of a U.S. Supreme Court case concerning affirmative action in 2003.
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The Trump Administration may start investigating and suing universities that could be considered unfair to white students.

As reported by the New York Times, the Administration is pointing resources to the Justice Department’s civil rights division. While there is an Educational Opportunities Section to the division, the plan will instead run out of its front office, which typically handles political issues. The project was announced to the civil rights division internally, but a memo about the plan was obtained by the New York Times, which first reported the story.

While little details about the actual plan are known, the debate over merit-based university admissions has long been a hot topic. And questions remain on how to prove whether white students have been discriminated against, as race and ethnicity are one part of a “holistic” admissions process, though that meaning is dependent on the university.

What do you think of an affirmative action revamp for universities?

Guests:

Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside HigherEd; his latest piece is “Report: Justice Department Will Target Affirmative Action;” he tweets @ScottJaschik

Justin Levitt, professor of law at Loyola Law School and a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department under President Obama (2015 to 2017)

Diane Schachterle, vice president of the American Civil Rights Institute, a national civil rights organization that aims to advocate for non-discrimination by opposing racial and gender preferences, founded by former UC Regent Ward Connerly



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