As the Supreme Court prepares to hear two cases this fall that challenge race preferential admissions policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, questions have arisen about how colleges typically use race preferences and whether such use is fair and lawful. This webinar will address how and when race is commonly used in college admissions, whether colleges and universities are generally following the existing law, and what if any safeguards colleges use to ensure that line admissions officers use race to further only legally permissible goals. The panelists will also discuss what some find the surprising fact that Asian American applicants are more likely to be displaced by race-preferential admissions than white students and whether this practice is fair. Finally, the presenters may also address the fairness of other non-academic factors widely used in admissions, such as preferences for legacies, recruited athletes, or the children of large donors.


— Art Coleman, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, EducationCounsel

— Cory Liu, Partner, Ashcroft Law Firm

— Moderator: Alison Somin, Legal Fellow, Center for the Separation of Powers, Pacific Legal Foundation

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  1. Wolfsheim Member

    I am professor emeritus at a foreign university, where the great majority of students are admitted solely according to the results of an entrance examination. Recommendations from secondary-school teachers account for a small number, along with a minority of pupils from the university-attached high school. Is the system imperfect? Of course. Are there able graduates from less “prestigious” institutions whom employers reject in favor of those with “name degrees”? Yes, and the absurdity of such is rarely discussed, certainly not by the likes of Art Coleman, clearly an artful master of “holistic” blarney. I would defend the system in my university on one important point: It gives pompous bureaucrats no say in who is accepted into the halls of learning.

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