Gov­ern­ment ac­cuses Har­vard of ‘out­right racial bal­anc­ing’

The Record (Troy, NY) - - WEATHER -

WASHINGTON » In its lat­est push to end the use of race in col­lege ad­mis­sions, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion on Thurs­day ac­cused Har­vard Univer­sity of “en­gag­ing in out­right racial bal­anc­ing” and sided with Asian-Amer­i­can stu­dents who al­lege the Ivy League school dis­crim­i­nated against them.

Har­vard de­nied the bias claim and said it would de­fend the right to con­sider race as a fac­tor.

The Jus­tice De­part­ment weighed in on a law­suit filed in 2014 by Stu­dents For Fair Ad­mis­sion, which ar­gues that one of the world’s most pres­ti­gious univer­si­ties dis­crim­i­nates against aca­dem­i­cally strong Asian-Amer­i­can ap­pli­cants in fa­vor of oth­ers who may be less qual­i­fied.

The agency said in a “state­ment of in­ter­est” that Har­vard has failed to demon­strate that it does not dis­crim­i­nate on the ba­sis of race and that its use of per­sonal qual­i­ties in de­ter­min­ing wor­thy ap­pli­cants “may be in­fected with racial bias.”

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