The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will make a major shift in their acceptance procedure. After facing pressure from the Department of Education, Texas Tech will no longer consider race as a factor in its medical school admissions process. This is according to an agreement signed by the health center’s president in February.
CNBC reviewed the agreement which came almost 14 years after the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights began an investigation into whether the center’s admissions policies violated the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on racial discrimination. The Office for Civil Rights is also investigating admissions practices at other universities, including both Harvard and Yale.
This recent move appears to be the first time the Trump administration has secured a commitment from a school to no longer consider race in admissions. The agreement requires that the school revise all of its admissions and recruitment materials by September. The pact’s existence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.
The Trump administration has been against many affirmative action policies. Most of them were encouraged under President Barack Obama’s administration. In July, the Departments of Justice and Education announced that they had scrapped Obama-era policy guidelines that called on schools to factor in the race of their applicants in order to achieve diversity.
“The Supreme Court has issued clear guidance on the appropriate consideration of race in college admissions,” Liz Hill, press secretary for the Education Department, said in a statement.
The Supreme Court upheld affirmative action under certain conditions for some time now and they did so again recently in a 2016 case involving the University of Texas.
A representative for the medical school did not immediately provide comment.
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