NACAC issued a statement this week, noting that the association is “firmly opposed” to the Trump administration’s decision to reverse Obama era guidance on race-conscious admission policies.
NACAC President Nancy T. Beane responded Wednesday to media reports suggesting the Trump administration is considering legal action against colleges and universities with race-conscious admission policies.
In a statement released to the press, Beane noted that the Supreme Court upheld in 2016 the right of colleges to consider a student’s race or ethnicity as one factor when making admission decisions.
“By disregarding the Fisher ruling, the administration and Justice Department would frustrate efforts to improve educational opportunity, and would erode respect for diversity in higher education,” she said. “This initiative would be a serious challenge to the critical work of improving college access and success for all students.”
What does the future hold for colleges seeking to build diverse student bodies?
This summer’s 4-3 US Supreme Court decision in Fisher II provides insight into how the courts may evaluate future cases involving race-conscious admission policies.
The ruling affects public institutions of higher education as well as private institutions receiving federal funding, including student financial aid.