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What Does The Harvard Lawsuit Say About The Need For Economic Diversity In Admissions?22:01

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It is now week two of the trial involving admissions practices at Harvard and what we're learning from this trial involves more than just the case being heard.

A lawsuit, from the group Students for Fair Admissions, claims that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Harvard maintains that race is just one factor that it takes into account to create a diverse student body.

But the six days of testimony in this trial has raised questions about Harvard admissions and college admissions in general — especially involving issues related to economic diversity and whether that should be considered in admissions, as well.


Max Larkin, WBUR Edify reporter. He tweets @jmlarkin. ‏

Raul Fernandez, program director and lecturer at the Higher Education Administration at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. He tweets .

Stefanie Niles, vice president for enrollment and communications at Ohio Wesleyan University, and president of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling. She tweets . 

This segment aired on October 23, 2018.


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