The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center is ending its race-based affirmative action program — resolving a complaint filed against the medical school by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights back in 2004.
After a 15-year investigation and legal wrangling back-and-forth, Texas Tech Medical School agreed that it will no longer consider race as a factor for admission, according to a Resolution Agreement dated February 2019.
Trump DOJ Wants to Abolish Racist Affirmative-Action Policies
This is a major win for the Trump Administration, which says race-based admissions policies are discriminatory on their face (they are).
In August 2018, Trump’s Department of Justice sided with a group of Asian-American students who claimed they were discriminated against when they were rejected by Harvard despite stellar SAT scores, top-notch grades, and impressive extracurricular activities.
Trump DOJ Sided With Asian Students In Lawsuit Against Harvard
In court papers, the Department of Justice said the Asian students “presented compelling evidence that Harvard’s use of race unlawfully discriminates against Asian-Americans.”
The plaintiffs in the Harvard lawsuit claim the university — which is supposed to admit the best students based on standardized test scores, grades, and extracurricular activities — artificially restrict Asian representation while promoting the representation of other minorities, notably African-Americans and Hispanics.
In court papers, the Students for Fair Admissions Inc. (the group representing the Asian students) claimed “an Asian-American male applicant with a 25% chance of admission would have a 35% chance if he were white, 75% chance if he were Hispanic, and 95% chance if he were black.”
The Asian students argue that Harvard’s use of affirmative action programs has caused Asians to be held to a higher standard because they are evaluated against each other (and not against the entire student applicant pool) in order to fit the 20% quota that Harvard places on Asian representation.
Did you know: A Princeton University study showed that blacks received a “bonus” of 230 points on SAT scores versus their competitors on the old 1600-point scale; by contrast, Asians are penalized 50 points.
— Equal Admissions CAP (@EqualAdmission) March 8, 2018
Harvard Risks Losing $550 Million In Annual Federal Funding
Harvard denied that it discriminates against any race. However, the Department of Justice said its investigation revealed that Harvard actively engages in social engineering to produce a student body that fits its leftist agenda.
A DOJ brief noted: “Substantial evidence further shows that — with this elusory use of race — Harvard engineers its admissions process to produce an admitted class that replicates its desired racial balance year in, and year out.”
In September 2018. the DOJ said Harvard has a responsibility to be fair in its admissions process because it receives more than $550 million a year in federal funding.
“No American should be denied admission to school because of their race,” the DOJ stated. “As a recipient of taxpayer dollars, Harvard has a responsibility to conduct its admissions policy without racial discrimination by using meaningful admissions criteria that meet lawful requirements.”