The Obama administration on Friday urged colleges and universities to get creative in improving racial diversity at their campuses, throwing out a Bush-era interpretation of recent Supreme Court rulings that limited affirmative action in admissions, the New York Times reports. The new guidelines issued by the Departments of Justice and Education replaced a 2008 document that essentially warned colleges and universities against considering race at all. Instead, the guidelines focus on the wiggle room in the court decisions involving the University of Michigan, suggesting that institutions use other criteria—students’ socioeconomic profiles, residential instability, the hardships they have overcome—that are often proxies for race. Schools could even grant preferences to students from certain schools selected for, among other things, their racial composition, the new document says…

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