Affirmative action advocates given hope despite looming ban

From Times Higher Education: “The plaintiffs in the lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina appeared to have conceded that admissions officers could rely on student essays as a proxy for racial identification. This would allow students to write essays describing their life experiences – including the effects of racial discrimination – and admissions officers could consider that kind of information as one factor among others in whether students win admission, said one expert, former Clinton administration education official Art Coleman. Although it would represent a ‘very fine line’ in the definition of what the court would allow …  ‘there is a reasonable prospect that this court would accept that concession’.”

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