In 1922, Lowell and other administrators had become “increasingly alarmed” over the rising number of Jewish students earning admission to the College based on their high test scores, SFFA’s document reads.
Legal experts say Students for Fair Admissions' claims of intentional discrimination in Harvard's admissions process demand a “very high standard” of proof.
If Harvard made admissions decisions based only on applicants’ academic qualifications, more than 51 percent of the average admitted class would be Asian-American, according to court documents filed Friday.
Students for Fair Admissions reports in court filings that Harvard consistently scored Asian-American applicants lower than applicants of other races on “personal traits” including “positive personality,” “likability,” “kindness,” and “humor.”
Harvard’s Office for Institutional Research concluded the College’s admissions process has "negative effects" for Asian Americans and advantages legacy students and athletes more than it does low-income students.
Comprised of nearly 50 Harvard student and alumni organizations, the Harvard Ethnic Studies Coalition signed a letter last week calling on President-elect Lawrence S. Bacow to choose a FAS Dean who will develop a formalized ethnic studies program.
A series of briefings due to be filed Friday could shed light on the arguments and evidence Harvard and anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions would present in a trial.
Faust wrote that Students for Fair Admissions, the anti-affirmative action group bringing the suit, was “formed in part to oppose Harvard’s commitment to diversity."