UW schools respond to Trump's call for race-blind admissions

UW schools respond to Trump's call for race-blind admissions

MADISON, Wis. - President Trump will announce his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court today, and whomever he picks makes the continued support of the use of race in college admissions uncertain if it's challenged again.

The justice department rescinded seven Obama-era guidelines last week calling for "race-blind admissions."

Justice Kennedy was the author of the Supreme Court's two most recent decisions upholding universities' rights to consider race in the college admissions process, but he's retiring at the end of the month. That nominee President Trump is set to name today will be crucial in shaping the future of our country's laws.

While the court hasn't banned the use of race as a factor in college admissions, it has steadily narrowed the way schools can consider race in trying to diversify their student bodies. With a conservative judge added to the court, that's expected to intensify even more.

Meanwhile, practices at UW Madison aren't expected to change.

Meredith McGlone is a spokeswoman for UW Madison and says the school's approach is consistent with the law and it's comprehensive, competitive, and selective for all levels of admission. She says the school takes into account a wide range of factors, including grades, standardized test scores, recommendations, extracurricular activities, leadership, and written statements, along with consideration for factors like race, ethnicity, and first-generation in college.

As for other schools, spokespeople for UW Stevens Point and UW Superior also weighed in on the Trump administration's new guidelines, both saying the federal guidelines will have no effect on their policies. A spokeswoman for UW Milwaukee, the second-largest UW system school, says her university is still studying the president's proposal and says it would be premature to discuss it without having more information.

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