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Discrimination in Colleges

December 14, 2018

     In this day and age, going to college and deciding what college you want to go to has a big impact on your future. Recently, the line of discrimination has become blurred for colleges and for applicants. Two big ivy league schools, Harvard and Yale, are under investigation by the Justice Department and US Department of Education; both colleges are being accused of discriminating against Asian American applicants.

     A nonprofit group slapped Harvard with a lawsuit accusing the college of discrimination towards Asian American applicants. This came from evidence that shows Asian American applicants have the highest extracurricular and  academic ratings, but the lowest personal ratings. Previous Harvard statements have described Asian Americans as hard working and smart yet indistinguishable and uninteresting. These comments are seen as adding to stereotypes of Asians. However, Harvard has claimed that they take into account 200 factors when choosing, not just race. The Justice Department has agreed to investigate Harvard.

     Similarly, Yale is being investigated for similar issues by the US Department of Education. Both of these lawsuits have talked about affirmative action- an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education; positive discrimination. Affirmative action is allowed but not if it is based on or includes explicit quotas. However, students are saying that both colleges use racial quotas when examining applicants.

     With this new information, it is making it even harder for students to decide which colleges they should apply for. It also allows people to ask the question: Are regular colleges discriminating like the examples we have seen today? It can only be hoped that this situation gets better.  


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