Universities Seek Ways To Skirt Supreme Court’s Likely Ban On Race-Based Admissions

  • With the Supreme Court soon to issue a ruling in a pair of cases questioning the constitutionality of affirmative action, which multiple justices appeared ready to rule against during oral arguments, universities are developing plans to maintain the current racial composition of their student bodies without explicitly using racial preferences in the admissions process.
  • Schools have floated ideas such as making testing optional, giving greater weight to students’ socio-economic backgrounds and recruiting based on geographic area.
  • Universities will look for ways to be “more subtle,” as Laurence H. Tribe, Harvard Law School professor emeritus, put it in a statement to the Harvard Crimson.



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