news from the trial (Students for Fair Admissions v Harvard)
Harvard: Race can only help, never harm, applicants’ chances
The suit says Asian-American applicants bring stronger academic records than any other race, yet they are admitted at the lowest rate. The group says that’s because Harvard consistently gives them low scores on the personal rating, which, according to a document revealed by the group Monday, is only loosely defined in Harvard policies.
William Lee, a lawyer for the school and a member of its governing board, said race is just one of many factors that can work in favor of an applicant, getting no more weight than a student’s geography or family income.
“Race alone is never the reason a student is granted admission,” Lee said. “And race is never the reason a student is denied.”
admissions is in a sense a zero-sum game, so the headline "Race can only help, never harm, applicants’ chances" can't be true. If you decide to admit one more member of group X, then you have to admit one fewer member of group not X.