Princeton Files Lawsuit against Education Department

Princeton University last week sued the U.S. Education Department to stop the release of documents that would reveal some of the university's admissions procedures, reports Inside Higher Ed.

The documents were obtained by the Education Department as part of a seven-year investigation into whether Princeton was discriminating against Asian and Asian-American applicants. The Department ended that investigation in 2015 after finding insufficient evidence to support the claim of racial discrimination, but a group called the Students for Fair Admissions has been trying to access the documents under a Freedom of Information Act request.

Princeton's lawsuit seeks to halt the release of those documents because they contain sensitive and confidential demographic information and university policies and admissions practices that "would cause substantial competitive harm to the university if disclosed," reported Inside Higher Ed. 


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