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Affirmative Action Case Returned to Lower Court

Affirmative Action Case Returned to Lower Court

Supreme Court returns affirmative action case back to the lower court.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court sent the affirmative action case regarding Abigail Fisher and the University of Texas back to a lower court for a new, stricter review.

The case was returned to the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which previously ruled in favor of UT but now must re-examine the case with a stricter approach set out by the Supreme Court. The lower courts must reconsider the importance of racial diversity and determine if UT’s current admissions policy, which gives a slight special consideration to admitting minority students, is in fact constitutional.

University of Texas President Bill Powers explained that the current admissions policy in place, which very narrowly considers race and ethnicity, will withstand the strict standards the court will now use when evaluating the university’s program. Attorneys of Fisher argue that UT’s current admission program, which automatically admits Texas students who graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class, is sufficient in providing diversity to the UT campus and should not uphold any additional avenues for admission.

Fisher’s hope is that colleges throughout the nation will no longer consider race in college admissions. Although she was denied admission to the university, she was offered a program that allowed her to enroll at UT, after attending a sister-school and satisfied academic standards; however, she decided to attend (and later graduate from) Louisiana State University.

Submitted by Frank Espinoza, City of San Antonio Ambassador Program

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