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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.

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Report: Black Success in Higher Education Not Improving in California

February 19, 2014 - Posted by Tamera Willis

The Campaign for College Opportunity released a report in December titled “The State of Blacks in Higher Education in California: The Persistent Opportunity Gap,” which highlights the enduring disparities between Black students and their White counterparts in California.

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UT-Austin’s Admissions Policy Considered by Federal Court

November 19, 2013 - Posted by Tamera Willis

Sent back to the Fifth Circuit in June by the Supreme Court, Fisher is heard again

On November 13, a three-judge panel revisited Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a challenge to race-conscious admissions policies at UT-Austin. The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in June, stressing the need for strict scrutiny in evaluating the admission policies of institutions of higher education.

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Michigan’s Proposal 2

October 17, 2013 - Posted by Tamera Willis

On October 15, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell). This case will have national consequences on whether a majority of individuals in a state can vote to politically hold back the minority.

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Supreme Court Sends Equal Opportunity Case Back to Lower Court

June 24, 2013 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

In a (7-1) decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that universities may consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy.

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A Win in Tennessee for Equal Opportunity

March 11, 2013 - Posted by Gabriella Ramel

The fight to protect equal opportunity in higher education marked a victory in Tennessee with the recent defeat of Senate Bill 8 (S.B. 8) in the state legislature.

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