N.Y., Other States File Briefs in Race-Based Admissions Case

, New York Law Journal


Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, on behalf of 14 states, is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the use of college applicants' race and ethnicity, among other factors, in making admissions decisions.

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  • dsnr

    Affirmative action benefits society by increasing opportunities for underrepresented minority and otherwise disadvantaged applicants. Of course, the counterbalance is that it discriminates against potentially more qualified applicants who would have otherwise been accepted if the applcication process were completely merit based (this requires the elimination of advantage in the admission process also given athletes and legacies). This hurts society in that some qualified applicants are not getting the best education available. The admission process in other countries (Great Britain and China come to mind) seems to be more merit based which is why they consistently rate higher in math and science education than the US.

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