Trump Administration Looks to Strip Affirmative Action From College Admissions

On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that President Donald Trump and his administration are aiming to change the way College Admissions use affirmative action. The Justice Department’s civil rights section will be focusing its efforts on prosecuting universities that wrongfully use the policy to give precedence to minority groups over Whites and Asians. Affirmative action, as defined by the US Department of Labor, is described as the following:

For federal contractors and subcontractors, affirmative action must be taken by covered employers to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. Affirmative actions include training programs, outreach efforts, and other positive steps. These procedures should be incorporated into the company’s written personnel policies. Employers with written affirmative action programs must implement them, keep them on file and update them annually.affirmative action must be taken by covered employers to recruit and advance qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. Affirmative actions include training programs, outreach efforts, and other positive steps. These procedures should be incorporated into the company’s written personnel policies. Employers with written affirmative action programs must implement them, keep them on file and update them annually.

Affirmative action has historically hurt the chances of Whites and Asians in the job application and college admissions processes. According to a study conducted by Princeton University, Black students, on average, are awarded 230 points on their SAT score (out of 1600) and Hispanics are given 185. White students, conversely, are awarded 0 points and Asians are deducted 50. Therefore, Whites and Asians are worth less to an institution than their minority counterpart – all else being equal.

This move aims to stop admissions departments from allowing race and gender to outweigh academic achievement and community involvement.

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