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Attorney accuses UW-Madison of discrimination

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An attorney for a conservative group is telling state lawmakers that the University of Wisconsin-Madison that the school clearly discriminates against prospective white and Asian student applicants.

Roger Clegg is president and general counsel for the Center for Equal Opportunity. He’s telling the Assembly higher education committee that the governor or lawmakers should end the practice.

The center reviewed UW-Madison’s admissions data from 2007 to 2008. It found the school admitted roughly seven out of 10 black applicants and eight of 10 Hispanic applicants compared to about six out of 10 white and Asian applicants. The university rejected one black and three Hispanic applicants over those years compared to 39 Asians and 777 whites.

UW-Madison officials say race is only one factor they consider when deciding who can attend classes.

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