Education Dept. Clears Minority Programs of Discrimination at Colleges in 3 States

December 10, 2012

The Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has scrapped long-running investigations of programs for minority students at colleges in Missouri, New York, and North Carolina, based mainly on its determinations that the programs either have ended race-based participation criteria or consider race narrowly enough to comply with federal antidiscrimination laws. In letters released to The Chronicle last week, the civil-rights office said it was closing its investigation of several programs focused on black males at the City University of New York, and a separate program that had been geared toward minority students at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, because the office had concluded that students of any race were eligible to participate.