Schutte v. BAMN Case Analysis Available
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision against the constitutional challenge to Michigan's voter ban on the otherwise lawful use of race, ethnicity, and gender by the state and its public entities in Schutte v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration, and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality by Any means Necessary (BAMN). This case focused on the underlying race-conscious admission decisions at Michigan’s public institutions of higher education. The College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative has created a case and analysis of the decision to assist higher education institutions with their interpretation of the decision.
Fisher Case Active Again!
On November 13, 2013, a three-judge panel from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will gather in Austin to hear oral arguments in the case from both sides in light of the Supreme Court’s Fisher vs. University of Texas decision in June. The ADC will provide regular updates and timely guidance on the case as it continues to move forward in the courts. The Access & Diversity Collaborative has supported yet another amicus brief on the Fisher case. A new hearing on the case in the 5th Circuit will occur on November 13 and the College Board was invited to file an amicus brief by the University of Texas. The American Council on Education filed and the College Board joined in that filing. Read the brief.
College Board Forum, October 2013
A very special ADC Sponsors meeting was conducted at College Board Forum on October 23, 2013, immediately preceding and equally successful colloquia session on the Fisher v. University of Texas case. The sponsors meeting drew over 50 participants and the plan for future ADC activity was reviewed. The colloquia session, Taking Action and Achieving Success After Fisher v. University of Texas drew an audience of over 250 and focused on core takeaways from the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2013 decision. Both sessions featured remarks by Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Catherine Lhamon. Read about the colloquia session in an article published the following day in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Join the Collaborative to participate in key discussions and be a voice at the table.
Join the Access & Diversity Collaborative: Policy Leadership and Institutional Support for the “Second Decade”
We are about to publish the new list of the Access & Diversity Collaborative 2.0 sponsoring institutions and organizations, and we would like to include you.
It is not too late to join, and we welcome your participation in the group that will help us set the agenda for the future work of the Collaborative. While the Court did not upset the applecart with respect to current law, it did send signals that the next case will be treated very differently in their eyes. Now is NOT the time to be complacent on the issue of the proper use of race and ethnicity in college admissions decisions. The Collaborative will continue to lead and guide programmatic and policy responses to these and other related issues of access and diversity. Join the group and lend your voice to the discussion.