Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Center for Equal Opportunity Files Records Request with UVA

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Center for Equal Opportunity Files Records Request with UVA

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The conservative group responsible for raising a nationwide furor against affirmative action has filed an open-records request to view records from University of Virginia trustee meetings at which school officials discussed the role of race in student admissions.

The Center for Equal Opportunity, which had criticized the university for favoring African-American applicants, last year essentially forced the school to change a scoring system that explicitly took race into account. However, university officials insist the change was procedural and that race is still informally considered (see Black Issues March 2).

The center, based in Washington, D.C., requested the records in December. But last month, Linda Chavez, the center's president, wrote to university officials and complained about the records provided.

"It is interesting that, in all the documents provided, there is nothing, not a word, discussing how or to what extent race and ethnicity are used as admissions criteria," Chavez wrote. …

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