The Trump administration plans to tell schools to no longer consider race during admissions. This new policy will reverse the Obama administration’s guidelines on affirmative action, which called for colleges and universities to make race a factor in diversifying their campuses.
According to The New York Times, the Justice Department is moving to adopt race-blind admissions standards by getting rid of seven guidance documents issued by the Department of Education. Instead, the current administration will restore George W. Bush’s policy that states it “strongly encourages the use of race-neutral methods” in school admissions.
“The Obama administration believed that students benefit from being surrounded by diverse classmates, so in 2011, the administration offered schools a potential road map to establishing affirmative action policies that could withstand legal scrutiny,” the Times reports. However, this change comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions questioned the policy and asked the government to “re-evaluate past policies that he believed pushed the department to act beyond what the law, the Constitution and the Supreme Court had required.”
Thoughts, Roommates? Should race be used as a measurement of diversity in education?