Arlington, VA (July 3, 2018) — The Trump administration is expected to announce that it will rescind guidance issued in 2011 and 2016 by the Department of Justice which encouraged colleges and universities to use race-conscious admission policies as one way of ensuring a diverse student body. In response to media reports, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) issued the following statement:
NACAC is firmly opposed to any effort to undermine the ability of colleges and universities to consider, in a limited and careful manner, race and ethnicity when making college admission decisions. In 2016, the US Supreme Court affirmed and further clarified through Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin the right of colleges to consider race and ethnicity as one factor among many when reviewing the applications of prospective students. Rescinding the existing Department of Justice guidance would undermine the court’s ruling.
NACAC will review the administration’s decision for its full impact and will work with colleges and universities to ensure that they are compliant with the Fisher ruling as well as current law. Furthermore, 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 association's Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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