Headlines blared that Harvard won the the case against SFFA (Students for Fair Admissions). The TRUTH is that SFFA won in substance. (I) Harvard changed its admissions standards just before the trial in order to win the legal battle -- changes that increased greatly the number of AsAms admits in 2019, and (II) Even then Harvard's legal victory is likely short-lived, possibly to be overturned if & when its appeal reaches the Supreme Court in 2 to 3 years.
[A] More AsAm Applicants Admitted at Harvard in 2019 Than Ever Before
(1) "an applicant's race or ethnicity should not be considered in assigning the personal rating," and
(2) A new guideline, applied to 2019 applicants, that stated: "It is important to
keep in mind that characteristics not always synonymous to extroversion are
similarly valued. Applicants who seem to be particularly reflective, insightful,
and/or dedicated should receive higher personal ratings as well."
Recall that AsAms were rated the lowest of all races in the "personality rating" and many AsAms are perceived to be more introverted. The changes raised the "personality" ratings for AsAms for the 2019 applicants.
Result? "More than a quarter of the students accepted identified as Asian this year,the highest number ever, up from twenty-three per cent in 2018 and twenty per cent in 2014, when the suit was filed." The quote is from an excellent 10/7/2019 New Yorker article by Prof. Jeannie Suk Gersen of Harvard Law School. Its title is "Many Sins of College Admissions". See the impact of this lawsuit?
[B] Harvard's Legal Victory May Most Likely Be Short Lived.