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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April 22, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil
In a 6-2 decision today in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling and upheld a Michigan voter initiative that bans the practice of race-conscious admissions to the state’s public universities.
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.
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.
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.
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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