Trump Pressures Texas Tech Medical School to End Affirmative Action

Maricruz Casares
Abril 13, 2019

The school planned to inform all staff to discontinue consideration of race and national origin in admission in a memo by March 1, 2019, per the agreement, and by removing references to race and national origin as admissions factors in university materials by September 1, 2019, according to Hill.

Public DomainThe Health Sciences Center at Texas Technical University must end its practice of considering the race of applicants to the medical school, the U.S. Education Department has announced.

"There is not a requirement that the medical school stop considering race as a factor in admissions".

"[TTUHSC] is committed to a diverse and inclusive medical education and experience while working collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights", he said via email on April 10.

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"This shows the Trump administration is taking seriously its responsibility to enforce civil rights in a way that protects all Americans", Clegg told The Wall Street Journal. Education spokeswoman Hill said the school requested an agreement prior to the conclusion of the department's investigation. If the school decides to use race as a factor in the admissions process again, it must notify the Department of Education and provide a "reasoned, principled explanation" for why it plans to do so, according to the agreement.

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights said in a complaint that the school's racial discrimination was "one of many factors" in their admissions process that was in "violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964".

The Education Department ruled that Texas Tech was not verifying that the way it uses race in the admissions process is actually helping to achieve diversity in the school, thus requiring the university to cease using race immediately. The act outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

Part of the reason the investigation took 14 years is that investigators waited for the case that came to be known as Fisher v. University of Texas to be resolved. Conservatives have argued that such programs can hurt those who are academically qualified, but don't fit the race profile stipulated at the time under affirmative-action guidelines, arguing that other kinds of diversity, such as socioeconomic status, should also be considered. Breitbart News reported extensively a year ago on the Asian-American discrimination trial against Harvard University. Legal experts believe the case could end up in U.S. Supreme Court and have wide implications regarding affirmative action. The elimination of these positive steps will only hinder progress for minority students while making medicine more hard to access throughout diverse communities.

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