Texas Tech agrees to end use of race in admissions

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 13, 2019

The pressure from the Education Department on the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock is part of a broader push to roll back affirmative action policies.

According to the resolution agreement, the medical school wasn't annually reviewing whether race-based measures in admissions were necessary.

"There is not a requirement that the medical school stop considering race as a factor in admissions". The decision came after a series of negotiations with the Education Department's Civil Rights Office.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks during CPAC 2018 in National Harbor, Md., on February 22, 2018.

"This shows the Trump administration is taking seriously its responsibility to enforce civil rights in a way that protects all Americans", Clegg told The Wall Street Journal.

"The Supreme Court has clarified that the academic judgment as to the educational benefits that exist from a diverse student body is entitled to some, but not complete, judicial deference", the Department said in a March letter to the school.

The agreement states the university may notify the Education Department if it seeks to resume using race or national origin in its admissions process.

President Donald Trump makes remarks during the inaugural meeting of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council in the Cabinet Room at the White House April 4, 2019 in Washington.

A would-be student never applied to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, but filed a complaint in 2004 over its use of affirmative action, alleging it violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, reports CNN.

The Texas Tech agreement marks the first time the Trump administration has asked a school to curtail its affirmative-action practices, and signals the administration's desire to limit the extent to which universities can factor race into admissions.

The medical school had argued that while the university's undergraduate admissions process ceased affirmative action in 2013 and the pharmacy school stopped in 2008, continued use for the medical school served the interest of producing doctors from diverse backgrounds to suit diverse communities. Conservatives have argued that such programs can hurt those who are academically qualified, but don't fit the race profile stipulated at the time under affirmative-action guidelines, arguing that other kinds of diversity, such as socioeconomic status, should also be considered. Those cases question whether Asian Americans are being discriminated against during the admissions process. Legal experts believe the case could end up in U.S. Supreme Court and have wide implications regarding affirmative action. Both schools have denied the allegations.

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