Biden’s Education Secretary Seeks To Strike Down Legacy Admissions At Universities

According to Politico, the Biden administration’s education secretary aims to eliminate traditional admissions systems in colleges and universities in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling against race-based admissions.

The Supreme Court ruled in June to ban race-based admissions, and several universities, including Wesleyan University, Carnegie Mellon University and Virginia Tech, eliminated or reduced traditional admissions after the ruling. according to Go to Politico. Education Department (ED) Secretary Miguel Cardona is now targeting universities with traditional admissions practices. give He said that if race cannot be taken into consideration by giving preference to the children and grandchildren of university graduates, traditional admissions should not be considered either. (Related: Another university eliminates traditional admissions after SCOTUS ruling on race-based practices)

“They said they can’t take race into account. But it doesn’t matter what the person’s last name is or whether someone wrote the check,” Cardona told Politico, referring to the Supreme Court’s recent race-based He talked about his decision to enroll.

Dr. Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks at a nomination announcement event at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on December 23, 2020. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm) /AFP)

A 2018 survey revealed that 42% of admissions officers at private universities said legacy status was a factor in their admissions. according to Inside higher education.One paper from Harvard University Estimation Applicants with legacy status are more than three times more likely to be admitted than applicants without legacy status.

“Legacy should not be emphasized or valued unless you consider other factors that may add value,” Cardona told Politico. Cardona said in July that eliminating traditional admissions systems alone is not enough to ensure the diversity of the university’s student body.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in two cases against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina that race-based admissions are unconstitutional. In response to this move, the Democratic Party began pursuing traditional admissions, calling it “affirmative action against wealthy people.” according to Go to NBC News.

The ED launched an investigation into Harvard in July to determine whether their traditional admissions amounted to discrimination on the basis of race. “I think it’s time in our country to be honest about the university admissions process and check ourselves. Does this reflect the values ​​of the higher education institutions we want?” Cardona he told Politico.

Cardona did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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