Harvard University’s own research shows that Asian-Americans applying to the college faced a penalty in the admissions process, according to a lawsuit filed against the Ivy League school.
That forced their numbers lower than they would otherwise be, according to court documents released Friday. The lawsuit cites three reports by the university’s Office of Institutional Research in 2013 that found that while the number of Asian-American students admitted that year was 19 percent, it should have been 26 percent according to the school’s method of scoring for academic and extracurricular activities and would have been 43 percent if only academic qualifications counted.
“Asian high achievers have lower rates of admission,” one of the reports concluded, according to the lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Students for Fair Admissions. The lawsuit was filed in 2014 and seeks to change the university’s admissions process.
“This filing definitively proves that Harvard engages in racial balancing, uses race as far more than a ‘plus’ factor, and has no interest in exploring race-neutral alternatives. It is our hope that the court will carefully study the statistical, documentary, and testimonial evidence amassed against Harvard and end these unfair and unlawful practices,” said Students for Fair Admissions President Edward Blum.
“We believe that the rest of the evidence will be released in the next few weeks, and it will further confirm that Harvard is in deliberate violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act,” he said.
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