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Obama Urges College Diversity

The Obama administration issued new guidelines Friday to promote racial diversity on college campuses, replacing a Bush-era interpretation of a Supreme Court decision that warned against considering race in admissions. The new suggestions encourage schools to consider things that are often proxies for ethnicity, such as socioeconomic data, domestic instability, or even the racial composition of students' high schools. “Post-secondary institutions can voluntarily consider race to further the compelling interest of achieving diversity."

December 3, 2011 7:46 AM