Admin Probing Ivy Leagues Over Affirmative Action
The Departments of Justice and Education have extended their investigation into alleged discrimination against Asian American applicants from Harvard University to Yale, Brown University and Dartmouth College. The investigation was made public in a letter from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to the Asian American Coalition for Education, which has challenged elite university admission practices claiming the schools hold Asian American applicants to a higher standard than students of other races and use an illegal quota to cap the number of admitted Asian American students. The Education Department said it is treating the allegations as three separate complaints and is only pursuing an investigation into Yale -- which, incidentally, has seen an increase in Asian American students. Over the last 15 years, the number of Asian Americans in Yale’s freshman class has grown from less than 14% to 21.7% of the class of 2022. Asian Americans make up the second-largest group of students in the freshman class of almost 1,600, after white students at 53%, according to school data. The Southeast Asian Resource Action Center, the only national civil rights organization devoted to empowering and uplifting the Southeast Asian American community, says that Asian Americans, by and large, are in favor of race-conscious college admissions policies. “Contrary to their claims, we know these race-conscious policies help our communities,” the organization said in a statement over the summer. The 2010 U.S. Census showed that more than 60% of Cambodian, Lao, and Hmong Americans lack a bachelor's degree, as do more than 50% of Vietnamese Americans. “Often members of these communities grow up in low-income neighborhoods and attend low-resourced schools that prevent students from being prepared for college. Therefore, Southeast Asian Americans and students of color benefit from affirmative action policies that look beyond test scores and that consider multiple factors when determining their potential.” More here.