NACAC Opposes Trump Administration’s Reported Plan to Challenge Affirmative Action

David Hawkins
Arlington, VA (Aug. 2, 2017) — In response to news media reports suggesting that the Trump administration’s Justice Department is considering legal action against colleges and universities over the use of race and ethnicity in college admission, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) issued the following statement:
NACAC is firmly opposed to the Trump administration’s reported plan to sue colleges and universities over their limited consideration of race and ethnicity in college admission decisions. Reports indicate that Justice Department officials are planning to investigate and sue universities over admission policies that they determine might discriminate against white applicants.  
NACAC points out that the US Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas, issued just 13 months ago, affirmed and further clarified the right of colleges to consider race and ethnicity as one factor among many in 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,” said Nancy T. Beane, NACAC president. “This initiative would be a serious challenge to the critical work of improving college access and success for all students.”
NACAC continues to assist colleges and universities as they promote diversity as a compelling interest in higher education. As such, the association remains focused on guidance provided by the Supreme Court’s Fisher decision, particularly through the work of the Access and Diversity Collaborative. NACAC will continue to advocate for counseling and access to higher education on behalf of all students, including those who are underserved, underrepresented, or have unique needs.
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP).

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