Admin to Force Texas Tech to Stop Using Race in Admissions
The Education Department’s Civil Rights Division will require Texas Tech University’s Health Sciences Center School of Medicine to end its use of race in admissions decisions. The decision is part of a deal Texas Tech struck with the Education Department in February after a 14-year investigation into the university’s use of affirmative action. The complainant said that the Texas Tech School of Medicine's "expected use of race as one of many factors in the admissions process" was a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This marks the first time the Trump administration has asked a school to curtail its affirmative-action practices to force compliance with its view of federal anti-discrimination law. The agreement says the school must stop considering race and/or national origin "as part of the holistic admissions process." Should the school decide to use race in admissions again, it must notify the Department of Education and give them "reasoned, principled explanation" for why. The school believes its admissions practices were compliant but entered into the agreement "to resolve this matter and focus on educating future health care professionals." The school must remove references to race and national origin as admissions factors in university materials by September 1st. More here.