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CEO welcomes new Senior Fellow Terry Eastland


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday September 5, 2017 
CONTACT:    Roger Clegg (703) 442-0066

CEO welcomes new Senior Fellow Terry Eastland 

(Falls Church, VA) The Center for Equal Opportunity today welcomed aboard Terry Eastland as a Senior Fellow. Eastland is an accomplished journalist who was editor of The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., before working in the Reagan administration as a speechwriter for Attorney General William French Smith and as director of public affairs for Attorney General Edwin Meese.

Eastland was later a resident scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the editor of Forbes MediaCritic. In 2001, he became publisher of The Weekly Standard and, in 2013, an executive editor. He is now a contributing editor at the magazine.  Eastland has published seven books, including two on race preferences, Counting by Race (1979) and Ending Affirmative Action (1996). "The Center has done exceptional work on matters involving race and ethnicity,” said Eastland, "and I look forward to contributing to its efforts in behalf of equal protection under the law."

CEO president and general counsel Roger Clegg recalled his work with Eastland during their days together in the Reagan Justice Department: "Terry is an expert on the media, a skilled editor, and a brilliant writer." CEO chairman and founder Linda Chavez said, "Eastland's writing on affirmative action has been among the most incisive and compelling on the issue over the years and will add depth to CEO's work in this arena."

The Center for Equal Opportunity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization that studies issues relating to race and ethnicity nationwide.    



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CEO Praises Justice Department’s Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, August 2, 2017

CONTACT:    Roger Clegg (703) 442-0066

CEO Praises Justice Department’s Announcement  

Affirmative action in college admissions should be examined

(Falls Church, VA) The Center for Equal Opportunity praises yesterday’s announcement on affirmative action in college admissions by the Justice Department. It is a welcome and overdue development that the administration will be taking a hard look at schools that insist on weighing skin color and national origin in deciding who gets admitted. Such discrimination is lamentable, although, unfortunately, the Supreme Court has not shut the door on it. However, the Court has made clear that the exception it has carved out for legal racial discrimination is a very narrow one. 

Unfortunately, the evidence is that many schools use racial preferences sloppily and don’t follow the constraints the Court has set out. By using race and ethnicity rather than actual social and economic disadvantage, racial preferences harm many low-income Asians as well as whites. But it also places many black and Hispanic beneficiaries at a disadvantage, too. Students admitted with lower test scores and GPAs often struggle at institutions where their preparation isn't sufficient, resulting in higher drop-out rates, lower college GPAs, and failure to graduate in a timely manner, increasing their debt. These same students might well have succeeded at schools where their grades and test scores were the same as those admitted without regard to race or ethnicity.

We welcome the scrutiny of the Justice Department and the Education Department as appropriate and necessary to root out all forms of discrimination and move toward a truly colorblind society.

The Center for Equal Opportunity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational organization that studies issues relating to race and ethnicity nationwide.



CEO Praises SCOTUS’s Shelby County Decision

(Falls Church, VA) The Center for Equal Opportunity praised the Supreme Court’s decision today striking down as unconstitutional the coverage formula of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.  CEO had filed amicus briefs at both the petition stage and on the merits, urging this result.  In addition, CEO chairman Linda Chavez and its president and general counsel Roger Clegg had testified against re-enacting Section 5 when it was before Congress in 2006.

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Center for Equal Opportunity Applauds SCOTUS’s Affirmative Action Decision

Calls on Federal, State, and Local Governments to Enact Similar Bans on Preferences

4/22/14- (Falls Church, VA) The Supreme Court today upheld the right of states and local governments to ban preferential treatment on the basis of race, ethnicity, and sex. 

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CEO Responds to University of Oklahoma Statement School Makes Misleading Comments on CEO’s Admissions Study

(Oklahoma City, OK) A study released earlier today by the Center for Equal Opportunity (CEO) documented evidence of racial discrimination in law, undergraduate, and medical school admissions at the University of Oklahoma. The study, which analyzes data obtained from the University itself, found that African Americans were admitted to all three schools with lower academic qualifications than students from other racial and ethnic groups. There was some evidence of preferential treatment for American Indian applicants as well.

The University responded today in a statement, expressing disappointment that CEO did not allow the school to participate in the study and dismissing the strong evidence of racial discrimination our findings show. The school implies in its statement that African Americans make up for gaps in test scores and grades with stronger “writing ability,” “volunteerism,” and “work experience” than their Asian and white counterparts.

CEO president Roger Clegg responded: “As an independent organization doing an independent study, we analyzed data from the university and of course did not work with the University to prepare our study. The University did not challenge the data nor does it point out any errors in our analysis of it. The university’s statement and the various statements on its website fall short of saying admissions decisions are made on a race-blind basis.” Clegg continued, “Furthermore, the University says that it is following and will continue to follow federal Supreme Court decisions in this area, however, the Supreme Court’s case law in this area is relevant only if the University is using racial preferences. “

CEO chairman Linda Chavez added: “The university’s references to soft variables such as interviews and volunteerism are unpersuasive, since it is extremely unlikely that these variables would favor African American and American Indian applicants over white, Asian, and other applicants at such an overwhelming degree that they would explain the statistical patterns that our study documents (such as the gaps in standardized test scores and GPA).”

The study was written by Dr. Althea Nagai, a research fellow at CEO. It is available on CEO’s website, The Oklahoma Association of Scholars helped CEO obtain the data. CEO has published similar studies of racial and ethnic discrimination in admissions to dozens of universities since it was founded in 1995.

The Center for Equal Opportunity is a nonprofit research and educational organization that studies issues related to civil rights, bilingual education, and immigration and assimilation nationwide.

CEO Praises Supreme Court’s Fisher Decision: Calls for End to Racial Admissions Preferences

(Falls Church, VA) The Center for Equal Opportunity praised the Supreme Court’s decision today in Fisher v. University of Texas, overturning the court appeals ruling that had upheld the University of Texas’s use of racial preferences in university admissions.  CEO had joined Pacific Legal Foundation in a series of amicus briefs in this litigation -- first in the U.S. Court of Appeals, then urging the Supreme Court to take the case, and then urging the Court to end racial preferences.  Before that, it had also filed an administrative complaint against the University’s policy.


Nebraska Civil Rights Initiative Passes Overwhelmingly

(Lincoln, Nebraska) A new study released today by the Center for Equal Opportunity documents evidence of severe discrimination based on race and ethnicity in law school admissions at the University of Nebraska. African Americans and, to a lesser extent, Latinos are admitted with significantly lower undergraduate grade-point averages and LSAT scores than whites and, again to a lesser extent, Asians.

The study is based on data supplied by the University itself. The study was prepared by Dr. Althea Nagai, a resident fellow at CEO, and can be viewed on the organization’s website, The executive summary of the study is attached.

CEO president Roger Clegg will answer questions about the study when it is formally released at a press conference today at 10:30 a.m. in Lincoln at the University of Nebraska (Nebraska City Campus Union, Pewter Room). 

CEO chairman Linda Chavez noted that the odds ratio favoring African Americans over whites was 442 to 1. She pointed out, “During the two years studied (the entering classes of 2006 and 2007), 389 whites were rejected by the law school despite higher LSATs and undergraduate GPAs than the average black admittee. Racial discrimination in university admissions is always appalling. But the extremely heavy weight given to race by the University of Nebraska College of Law is off the charts.”

Roger Clegg stressed that not only was race weighed, but it was weighed much more heavily than residency status: “For instance, a white resident of Nebraska in 2007 was more than twenty times less likely to be admitted than an African American applicant from out of state.” 

CEO also analyzed undergraduate admissions, but did not find statistical evidence of discrimination there, based on the data provided by the University. The University’s medical school refused to supply similar data jointly requested by CEO and the Nebraska Association of Scholars.