In the middle of a furrow that she did not recognize low-income students, officials at Harvard University considered releasing a report as they hoped would show that elite college actually preferred poor applicants in their admission process.
But in internal draft, the university's researchers warned to release data because of what it also revealed: while the university provides a "tip" to low-income students, it gives bigger bonuses to athletes and children to alumni.
And its admission process, as research had found, actually gave a negative impact to a race group: Asian American students.
"Attention to the positive benefits of low-income earners may also pay attention to the more controversial findings about Asians, or the expected results about legacy and athletes," warned Harvard Office of Institutional Research.
The announcements are part of court applications public Friday from an extended court dispute over Harvard University's treatment of Asian American applicants. The applications, but heavily edited, offer an unprecedented insight into how the school evaluates applicants based on race, class and legacy status.
Justice Access Students, a group supported by anti-positivist activist Edward Blum, aroused Harvard in 201
In their applications, students of justice accessed a case such as Harvard's admissions process disadvantages Asian American students by relying too much on race and giving weight to subjective "personal qualities" that increase white applicants and hurt high-performing Asian students.
Harvard consistently rated Asian applicants lowered on the critical personal qualities – things like "kindness" and "similarity" – according to a students of Justice Admission Analysis of five years of Harvard intake data. Asian students achieved consistently higher results on almost all academic measures.
Harvard's own internal researchers, students for fair recordings claim that in the applications found evidence of bias against Asian Americans in their admission process but never dropped or acted on the results. 19659002] Harvard claimed that students for fair access failed to prove any systematic discrimination against Asian students and said that the school's admission process considers that only a small part of a larger puzzle is race. The internal reports that the group quoted, Harvard said, were preliminary and based on incomplete data.
"Mr Blum and SFFA's characterization of the incomplete work at Harvard's institutional research institution is completely unprofitable," Harvard said in a statement. "As they know, this work was explicitly understood and incomplete, and it was made with limited information about admission. The extensive work done by senior economist Dr David Card – who had access to the entire insertion database – shows no evidence of discrimination."
It is likely that the case, which is likely to begin in October, is likely to be the central focal point for a growing national debate on confirming action at elite schools and how it affects Asian American applicants.
Justice Department, under lawyer Jeff Sessions, said it will investigate Harvard's treatment of Asian Americans and have demanded access to the documents that Harvard abandoned to students for fair access – many of them are previewed in a heavily edited form , on Friday archiving.
Harvard called in the application "Students for Justice Access" the latest salvo of ideological opponents in consideration of race in college assumptions. "
An internal 2013 report from the Harvard Office of Institutional Research, Student for Fair Admission's filing said, that it was Asian-American reduces the chance of being admitted to Harvard. Asian students were the only racial group, including white students who had a "negative association" between their race and access to Harvard.
Harvard discounted the report and said its results were not complete or based on enough data. There did not make any changes in their admission process based on the results.  Students for fair intake carefully examined the admission rates for students in an elite New York City Folk High School, Stuyvesant, where students admitted solely based on test results, are mostly Asian-American. Asian students from Stuyvesant, said filing, have a much lower rate of influence than Stuyvesant students in any other breed.
The submission is included is part of a deposit from Casey Pedrick, Deputy Rector of the School. She showed statistics showing that the Asian students in 2014 were half as likely to be admitted to Harvard as white: 7 out of 55 white students were adopted compared to 7 of 115 Asian American students.
Look at the numbers, Archival said, Pedrick began to cry. "These figures make it seem that there is discrimination, and I love these children and know how hard they work," she responded when she asked why she was upset. "These look like numbers to all of you, but I see their faces."