Texas Tech med school must stop using affirmative action under deal with Trump admin: reports

The Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division will require the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center medical school to end its consideration of race in the admissions process, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, as the Trump administration attempts to limit the use of affirmative action at schools.

The agreement between the university and the Trump administration was reached in February and marks the conclusion of a 14-year investigation, according to a copy of the resolution agreement viewed by the Journal.

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The move marks the first time the Trump administration has requested a school curb its affirmative-action practices and suggests Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosCongress should restore Pell Grant eligibility to incarcerated individuals Hillicon Valley: Twitter says Trump 'go back' tweet didn't violate rules | Unions back protests targeting Amazon 'Prime Day' | Mnuchin voices 'serious concerns' about Facebook crypto project | Congress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE may employ a similar tactic with other schools.

The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Education Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The Trump administration began taking steps last year to chip away at affirmative action. The Education Department in July rescinded Obama-era guidance on how schools can legally weigh race to ensure a diverse student population.

The following month the Department of Justice (DOJ) backed a group of Asian-American students who claimed Harvard University discriminated against them in the admissions process, with DOJ attorneys saying evidence indicates that the school's race-based admissions process puts Asian-Americans at a disadvantage. Harvard has argued no applicants are denied admission based solely on their race.

While the Supreme Court has ruled schools can increase diversity through affirmative action, then-Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in a 4-3 decision in 2016 that universities must continue to monitor their affirmative action programs for any possible negative effects, according to the Journal.

Updated: 8:05 p.m.