(AP) The Trump administration is opening an investigation into Yale University’s admissions practices following accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants, officials said Wednesday.|
Photos show future graduates waiting for the procession to begin for commencement at Yale University on May 24, 2010. [Photo: IC]
It’s the latest in a series of federal inquiries taking aim at admissions practices used by the nation’s most selective colleges, and it comes less than a month after the Justice Department sided with an Asian American group that’s suing Harvard University over similar accusations.
The Yale investigation responds to a 2016 complaint from the New Jersey-based Asian American Coalition for Education. In it, the group accuses Yale, Brown University and Dartmouth College of unfairly denying Asian Americans admission based on their race.
Education Department officials dismissed the complaints against Brown and Dartmouth but said they had enough information to investigate at Yale. In a letter to the coalition Wednesday, they showed special interest in “a particular Asian American applicant’s experience applying to Yale.”
The coalition’s complaint notes that the percentage of Asian Americans at Yale and other Ivy League schools has declined even as they make up a growing share of the U.S. population. It says the decline has been fueled by negative stereotypes and that schools apply tougher admissions standards for Asian Americans.