Trump To End Obama-Era Rules Promoting Diversity In College Campuses
In another attack on former President Barack Obama’s legacy, President Donald Trump is set to rescind a series of Obama-era policies and guidelines in college admissions in order to promote campus diversity, the Wall Street Journal reports.
According to the report, the Trump administration is specifically rescinding documents that laid out the legal recommendations and guidelines for schools that wanted to promote diversity. The documents focused on how to properly use race in admissions.
The Trump administration reportedly plans on arguing that the rules, established by former President Obama in 2011 and 2016, are not legal and violate the Supreme Court’s precedent on affirmative action. The Journal reports that Trump officials will argue that the documents are misleading about how easy it is to implement affirmative action within the scope of the law.
The news comes as Harvard and other colleges face more scrutiny regarding their admissions processes. In mid-June, a lawsuit filed in federal court claimed Harvard regularly ranked Asian-American applicants’ personality traits lower than any other race.
The Trump administration has undone a number of other Obama-era policies in education and the environment, including closing civil rights probes.