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Wait, Will Anyone Investigate Legacy Admissions?

If a divided nation can agree on anything, maybe it’s this: Selective colleges run an unfair admissions process, stacking the deck against deserving students. Which ones? That depends on who’s complaining.

Earlier this week, it had seemed that the Trump administration might have been getting ready to turn conservatives’ longstanding complaints into action. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the U.S. Department of Justice planned to investigate “intentional race-based discrimination” in admissions. The next day, a department official told The Chronicle that the internal document cited by the Times did not “reflect a new policy or program or any changes to longstanding DOJ policy.” And further reporting suggested that the department hasn’t declared open season on race-conscious admissions programs.