Texas Tech Med School Makes Deal With Trump Administration

Texas Tech Medical School Will Stop Considering Race in Admissions Due to Trump Administration Pressure

Texas Tech Medical School Will Stop Considering Race in Admissions Due to Trump Administration Pressure

In the resolution agreement - which was signed in February and first reported by the Wall Street Journal this week - the medical school agreed to "discontinue all consideration of an applicant's race and/or national origin" in the admissions process.

"If a determination is made in the future that using race as a factor in admissions is necessary".

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine will not consider race or national origin as a factor in its admissions process, according to an agreement the school entered with the Department of Education in February.

Eric Bentley, vice chancellor and general counsel of the Texas Tech University System, said in an agreement letter that the medical school is "committed to exploring race-neutral alternatives to enhancing diversity".

Though the agreement is the first of its kind, it's far from the first step the Trump administration has taken to erode affirmative action.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Chairwoman Catherine Lhamon, who previously served as assistant secretary for civil rights in President Obama's Education Department, blasted this outcome as evidence that the Trump administration is actively trying to discourage the use of race in university admissions. The change is the first time President Donald Trump's administration has pushed a school to end this practice since it began efforts a year ago to chip away at affirmative action policies. Breitbart News reported extensively previous year on the Asian-American discrimination trial against Harvard University.

The Supreme Court allows universities to use race as a criterion for admission exclusively as a means of achieving a diverse student body, and only as a last resort. Fisher challenged the school's affirmative action and automatic admissions policies. Legal experts believe the case could end up in U.S. Supreme Court and have wide implications regarding affirmative action.

Rather, it is requiring the university to end that practice and then submit an analysis of why race would be a uniquely useful factor to consider should it want to restart using it.

Texas Tech's use of affirmative action had beneficial effects on the makeup of its medical students.

Scott Lacefield, the school's senior communications director, told The Epoch Times that they are working with the Education Department to ensure the school provides "diverse cultures, lifestyles, personal beliefs and ideas of all those we serve".

"The Supreme Court has clarified that the academic judgment as to the educational benefits that exist from a diverse student body is entitled to some, but not complete, judicial deference", Education Department officials wrote to Texas Tech in March, in a letter supplementing the agreement.