The Trump administration is rescinding Obama-era guidelines that encourage universities to consider diversity in their admissions process.
The Wall Street Journal reported two sources close to the situation confirmed Trump’s plans to dump the guidelines. The administration believes the policies “mislead schools to believe that legal forms of affirmative action are simpler to achieve than the law allows."
The guidelines, set in 2011 and 2016, advise colleges to promote diversity and “avoid racial isolation” in their admissions processes. They were issued to help the administration interpret the Supreme Court’s rulings on affirmative action.
The Justice Department is spearheading an ongoing investigation of affirmative action policies after more than 60 Asian-American organizations said Harvard University’s policies negatively affected Asian-Americans.
This is the second time Trump has gone after diversity policies. In February 2017, the Justice Department removed two policy documents related to gender-based discrimination on college campuses.
The White House has not commented on this decision.
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