Stanford to investigate admission policies in 1950s obstructing Jewish students

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Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“It is important to face our history as an institution and understand the impact of past actions,” said university president Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

 Stanford University has created a task force to investigate allegations that in the past, it had implemented quotas on the number of Jewish students admitted in the 1950s.

According to the Stanford Report, university president Marc Tessier-Lavigne appointed the tasks force of faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and students to report back to him and Provost Persis Dress by this spring.

“It is important to face our history as an institution and fully understand the impact of past actions,” said Tessier-Lavigne, according to the report.

Ari Y. Kelman, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Education, will chair the 11-member panel, titled the Advisory Task Force on the History of Jewish Admissions and Experience at Stanford University.

 

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