Higher Education Groups Support Princeton in Federal Inquiry After University Acknowledges Systemic Racism

(Excerpts from an American Council on Education Article)

·         ACE and 55 other higher education associations sent a letter to Secretary Betsy DeVos to protest the Department of Education’s unprecedented move to investigate Princeton University for recognizing that racism remains a significant problem in U.S. higher education.

·         In a statement responding to the department’s investigation, Princeton said that “it is unfortunate that the Department appears to believe that grappling honestly with the nation’s history and the current effects of systemic racism runs afoul of existing law.” It pledged a full response to the department in due course.

·         The university’s public stance on institutional racism sits squarely in line with a number of other colleges and universities that have been asking themselves tough questions in recent years about race and injustice and how to move forward in productive ways. ACE and the other associations endorsing today’s letter are in full support of Princeton, urging the department to end its “misguided effort” to  “use the power of the federal government to investigate schools that are trying to build a better, more inclusive America.”