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Published on Apr 26, 2015
Every year, many outstanding Asian-American students are denied admission by Harvard University and other Ivy League schools. It is counterintuitive that the percentage of college-aged Asian-American students has doubled in the last 20 years, while there has been no increase in admissions of Asian students to Harvard and other Ivy League schools, especially when the Asian applicants who were denied admission had not only top SAT scores, but also excellent performance record in extracurricular activities. Many believe that Harvard and other Ivy League schools discriminate against Asian applicants in their admissions.
Recently, plaintiffs of Asian descent filed two lawsuits in federal courts against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for their racial discrimination against Asian American applicants in admissions. If the plaintiffs prevail, the impact will be far-reaching, because they challenge the very admission practices of Harvard, which have been referenced as a model, for handling the race factor in admissions, by the Supreme Court in land-mark cases on racial discrimination in college admissions.
On April 25, invited by the Houston Chinese Alliance (HCA), the director of the Project on Fair Representation, Mr. Edward Blum, who is instrumental in initiating both Fisher vs. UT and SFFA vs. Harvard cases,gave a presentation in Houston about these legal battles, and shared his views with the audience on the role of race in college admissions.