Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin
On June 24, 2013, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled (7-1) in Fisher v. UT Austin that universities may consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy, reaffirming the precedent set in its 2003 Grutter v. Bollinger decision, but remanded the case back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider UT's admissions plan under the strict scrutiny standard. Fisher was the first federal challenge to Grutter, which upheld an admissions policy at the University of Michigan Law School and broadly affirmed the important role diversity plays in education.
U.S. Supreme Court's Decision in Fisher
Talking about Fisher
Press Statements on Fisher
Background on Fisher
More on Equal Opportunity
October 16, 2014 - Posted by Julie Faust
After a five-day sit-in at Colgate University, students and administrators came together on September 29 to develop a 21-point plan on how to combat racism and increase diversity on campus.
October 1, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on Wednesday released guidance to states, school districts, and schools to clarify how federal law requires the equitable distribution of resources to students under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in addition to how they will enforce the provisions.
July 18, 2014 - Posted by Gabriel Kohrman
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld, for a second time, the University of Texas’ consideration of race as one of many factors in admissions. In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court rejected the case of Abigail Fisher, a White student not accepted to the University of Texas in 2008 who claimed she was refused entrance due to the university’s affirmative action policy.
July 7, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
During the Rethinking Accountability conference last month in Washington, D.C., Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that by supporting the Common Core State Standards – which he calls “an important part of driving equitable change in our public school system” – we are also supporting greater investments in education to prepare effective teachers and provide the resources students need to succeed.
June 3, 2014 - Posted by Connor Maxwell
In a report released on Friday, the ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ task force issued dozens of recommendations to federal agencies as well as public and private entities on how to effectively address persisting opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color in the United States.
In The News
Recent news clips on this issue.