Harvard Affirmative Action Case Heading to Supreme Court


On October 15, the U.S. District Court in Boston will begin hearing a lawsuit alleging that Harvard University’s admissions policies unconstitutionally discriminate against Asian Americans. Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a coalition of several Asian-American groups headed by the conservative legal scholar and activist Edward Blum, contends that Harvard’s affirmative-action policies, by favoring black and Latino students, unfairly penalize better-qualified Asian Americans. The case is likely destined for the Supreme Court.

As Stuart Taylor Jr. explains in our pages this week, the group’s argument is virtually unassailable. A 2012 internal document analyzing admissions data over 10 years by Harvard’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR)—which SFFA obtained…

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