NACAC Applauds Court Decision on Harvard Admission Practices

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Shanda Ivory

Arlington, VA (Oct. 2, 2019) — NACAC applauds yesterday’s US District Court decision regarding Harvard University’s admission practices. The court found that the university’s method for limited consideration of race and ethnicity did not reflect discriminatory intent or create a discriminatory effect in the administration of its undergraduate admission process.

In so doing, the court has recognized that despite the difficulty inherent in crafting race-conscious admission policies, the importance of preserving an institution’s ability to consider disparities between racial and ethnic groups remains a compelling interest.

“We are pleased that the court has rebuffed an effort to obtain a ruling, denied in previous lawsuits, to end the consideration of race in college admission and restrict a university’s ability to assemble a diverse student body,” said Joyce Smith, NACAC CEO.

“As we examine the systemic inequities in college access, we cannot afford to further restrict colleges’ ability to identify talent in the context of significant disparities between students.”

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 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 association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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