Harvard Issues Guidance On Race And Admissions

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As the court case involving Students For Fair Admissions and Harvard draws to a close, the Ivy League university is revising it’s guidelines on admissions questions. “Unlike in admissions cycles past, Harvard officials will abide by specific, written guidelines detailing how and when they may consider an applicant’s race when deciding whether to admit that student to the College’s Class of 2023 this year,” Delano R. Franklin, Iris M. Lewis and Cindy H. Zhang reported in The Harvard Crimson on October 29, 2018. “A copy of the guidelines obtained by The Crimson — in which Harvard outlines application ‘reading procedures’ for the Class of 2023 — explicitly prohibits officers from pondering a candidate’s race when assigning scores for personal traits.”

“The admissions office releases a new set of reading procedures to officers each year, though normally the documents remain confidential.”