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Ed Department: Texas Tech Medical School May No Longer Consider Race in Admissions Decisions

The Health Sciences Center did not demonstrate that race-based affirmative action was necessary to achieve diversity.


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The Health Sciences Center at Texas Technical University must end its practice of considering the race of applicants to the medical school, the U.S. Education Department has announced.

This development came as the result of an agreement between the university and the federal government, which has been investigating Texas Tech's admissions policies for more than a decade.

The Supreme Court allows universities to use race as a criterion for admission solely as a means of achieving a diverse student body, and only as a last resort. Consistent with court rulings, the Obama administration, for instance, instructed Pepperdine University to cease considering race as a factor for an undergraduate scholarship program after an internal review cast doubt on whether the practice was contributing to diversity.

But now the Trump administration has gone a step further. According to The Wall Street Journal, Texas Tech

discontinued its use of affirmative action at its pharmacy school in 2008 and in undergraduate admissions in 2013.

But the medical school argued that it must continue weighing race in its admissions process because a cohort of doctors from different backgrounds could best serve Texas' racially and ethnically diverse communities.

According to the resolution agreement, the medical school wasn't annually reviewing whether race-based measures in admissions were necessary. Therefore, they couldn't rule out that other factors like whether the applicant is a first-generation college student or is bilingual could yield similar levels of diversity, according to the agreement. …

The Education Department didn't ask Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to conduct such a review before requiring that race be eliminated completely from the admissions process.

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.

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. She's probably right, but this is good. If universities want to continue to discriminate on the basis of race, they should be required to justify it.

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51 responses to “Ed Department: Texas Tech Medical School May No Longer Consider Race in Admissions Decisions

  1. 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.

    Why is a former member of the Obama Administration out shilling for Trump’s reelection? Didn’t see that coming.

    1. I know right?

      As if providing evidence that Trump is actively trying to discourage the use of race in admissions is a bad thing.

      SCOTUS has said that using race is only to be used as a last resort for achieving a diverse student body
      The school hadn’t been doing any reviews and therefore clearly weren’t meeting the intent of the ruling.
      Therefore, they are clearly in the wrong, and need to stop it first. Then go back and take a look and see if there is a good reason to start it back up.

      1. Sandra Day O’Conner didn’t mean for the language of her bullshit decision to actually be followed. That was just boob bait for the boobousie. No one was supposed to ever actually end affirmative action.

        1. Not what the term “boob bait” normally brings to mind.

          1. You were thinking of something more like this boobie video?

            1. Well, not exactly.

      2. “SCOTUS has said that using race is only to be used as a last resort for achieving a diverse student body”
        Race based quotas are totally ok, but try to find some roundabout way to implement them that hides the intent first, m’kay?

    2. active discouragement = active discouragement yes

    3. When someone hands you a Lhamon you make Lhamonade.

  2. Texas Technical?

    LOL. No.

    “originally known as Texas Technological College” but now it’s just “Texas Tech University.”

  3. Great, now every doctor will be Asian.

    1. I am okay with that.

  4. …blasted this outcome as evidence that the Trump administration is actively trying to discourage the use of race in university admissions.

    Because who the fuck wants the most competent doctor working on him when he can possibly have diversity.

  5. Affirmative action is like open borders ? anyone who opposes it is a white supremacist. Reason is consistently excellent on immigration, so it’s shocking how awful your stance is on this other crucial issue of racial justice.

    I mean, you must realize something’s wrong when you’re on the same side as the alt-right on a race-related issue, no?

    1. #ItsOkayToBeWHITE

    2. That really is the amazing thing about the Left’s argument. Rejecting identitarianism in law makes you an identitarian. Even more amazing is the construct that the only way to make identity a non-factor in decision making is to force everyone to put themselves in an identity box.

      1. Nobody puts Deconstructed Potato in a box, except the mortician.

        1. That’s kinky

      2. Denying you are in denial is the final proof you are batshit crazy – – – –

      3. “Identitarianism is only wrong when Whitey does it”

  6. These schools should abandon race based on color and consider race based on fleetness of foot. In no time at all they will exceed their
    diversity goals.

    1. dammit i was about to type “make applicants race”


    Barr confirms multiple intel agencies implicated in anti Trump spy operation. Gee, does that have any civil liberties implications? Nah, if it did reason would be making a big deal about it right?

    1. implicated

      Hemingway doesn’t substantiate this claim at all. I didn’t listen to the hearings. Seems more likely he’s just saying that he’s not limiting DoJ’s look-see to just the FBI. OK, fine, fish away, Bill.

      1. While it is important that the top law enforcement in the United States publicly acknowledged that the Obama administration and its intelligence agencies surveilled its domestic political opponents during the heat of a presidential election, it is what he said next that was most startling: that the CIA and other federal agencies in addition to the FBI may have been involved. “I’m not talking about the FBI necessarily, but intelligence agencies more broadly,” he said.

        Her claim is that Barr is saying it. And she most certainly does substantiate that claim. There it is. It would seem Barr would have reason to know. Do you think he is lying? Is there any reason not to take him at his word? I understand the kind of respect and awe the intelligency community is suddenly recieving from Libertarians but Barr’s claim speaks for itself.

      2. Try this thread:…..84385.html

    2. Reason is going full soft news today, seemingly to avoid the morning testimony and it’s rather terrible implications.

      Progress uber alles

      1. They are concentrating on important things like electric scooters and hair dryer licensing.

        1. Don’t forget weed, facebook, and activist tantrums

          1. >>>Don’t forget weed


            1. (sigh)
              I miss weed…

              1. i’m sure it misses you too …

      2. Another interesting story Reason has chosen to ignore: House Dems vs Wall Street…..tle-royale

        Re: immigration (without standards)……..appy-about

          “David Becker has released a new version of the World’s IQ. Each country has a score showing the cognitive abilities of their citizens, this being a blend of genetics and the environment of each country, particularly as regards education and health. The world’s global score is 82. This is 12th percentile rank on the Greenwich Mean Intelligence benchmark of IQ 100. As school teachers used to say in end of year reports: “Could do better”.”

          That’s just what I saw the first 10 seconds since opening another site


            But immigrants are just economic units, and denying people the Right to import them for labor is unjust. Who even really cares about ethnic enclaves and social cohesion, anyway? Totes not libertarian

            1. [The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a travel warning discouraging immigrants and people of color from traveling to Florida.

              On Monday, the group issued the warning via Twitter,

              “BREAKING: We and partners have issued a travel advisory urging immigrants and people of color to use extreme caution when traveling in Florida. The state is on the verge of passing a draconian anti-immigrant bill which will endanger our communities.”

              The group advised citizens and non-citizens of heightened threats of “racial profiling, unjust detention, and deportation.”

              The travel advisory was issued in response to the passage of Florida Senate Bill 168 and House Bill 527, according to an ACLU press release. Moreover, the group criticized the bills for allegedly exposing illegal immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and preventing sanctuary city policies.

              “These bills prohibit all localities in the state from adopting policies or procedures that limit entanglement with federal immigration enforcement,” said the group.]

        2. Face Off With Maxine Waters & AOC

          How could anyone not take that 100% super cereal?

      3. Well, the testimony didn’t show much that we didn’t already know.. It’s long on implication and short on facts. We’ve heard the accusations that Obama investigated Trump on Clinton’s behalf since before the election even happened. There has even been a criminal charge in Ukraine about officials trying to help the Clinton campaign. Barr’s testimony didn’t really change anything.

        I hope the journalists are investigating further so that they have something to actually report. Proof of these accusations would be big. Repeating them is nothing.

        1. The AG making them is big. I doubt he is making them lightly.

    3. Not newsworthy.

    4. #LibertariansForTheDeepState

  8. The best qualified applicants are overrated.

    Everyone’s Favorite Doc

  9. Trump keeps this up and I might just have to vote for him again.

  10. Bernie Sanders: Okay Fine, I Admit That I’m a Millionaire

    Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’s a millionaire — which will be confirmed when he releases 10 years of tax returns in the coming days.

    “I wrote a best-selling book. If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.

    (Does not compute.)

  11. “a cohort of doctors from different backgrounds could best serve Texas’ racially and ethnically diverse communities.”

    Literal racism. There’s a deadly assumption here that people can’t engage properly with someone who isn’t the same race as them. That’s absolutely absurd and fuck Texas Tech for peddling such garbage.

    1. You don’t trust a wise Latina to bring her own special background to interpreting your biopsy results?

      1. Nor do I expect her to have a special background. I damn well expect her to have the same medical background as every other certified doctor.
        “Good morning, your lab results show you have stage four cancer and bleeding ulcers. Care to discuss The conflicts between Florida and Great Britain in the 1700’s?”

      2. +1

        The commentariat is getting funnier lately.

        1. All right, everybody, I’m outta here! Have a great night!

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