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Are Ivy League schools discriminatory toward Asian American college applicants?




General atmosphere at 2013 Harvard University's 362nd Commencement Exercises at Harvard University on May 30, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
General atmosphere at 2013 Harvard University's 362nd Commencement Exercises at Harvard University on May 30, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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In 2014, a lawsuit was filed by a group representing some Asian Americans who claim that Harvard University unfairly disadvantages Asian American college applicants.

Last week, the group behind the suit - Student for Fair Admissions - sought to have Harvard’s admissions data released to the public, which it claimed would prove irrefutably that the school’s admissions process discriminates against Asian Americans.

AirTalk debates the topic.

Guests:

Anemona Hartocollis, reporter for the New York Times, who covered the story; she tweets @anemonanyc

Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the libertarian Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review; he tweets from @ishapiro

Paul Watanabe, Ph.D., professor of political science and director at the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston