U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of the University of Texas in the Second Fisher Case Challenging the Use of Race-Conscious Policies in College Admissions
Read the initial analysis of the Court’s decision to affirm Texas’s limited use of race and ethnicity in college admissions in order to achieve its mission-driven enrollment diversity goals. The Court affirms the need for such practices to pass the strict scrutiny test as articulated in its previous ruling in Grutter, and affirmed the goal of achieving the educational benefits of diversity as a ‘compelling interest.’ Additional analysis of the decision will follow in subsequent posting.
Read the full decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Review the Latest National Research on Policies and Practices to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion on College Campuses
Bridging the Research to Practice Gap: Achieving Mission-Driven Diversity and Inclusion Goals is the latest offering from the College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative and is designed to assist institutions in the design and evaluation of their diversity-related enrollment goals.
The report is divided into three parts: 1) an exhaustive survey of current research related to student diversity, areas of strength and areas needing additional attention; 2) suggestions for additional research which could inform individual institutional actions; and 3) identifying policy and practice implications for institutions within the shifting political and legal landscape.
The report is intended to be used in conjunction with other resources and materials made available through the Access and Diversity Collaborative.
UNC and Harvard Lawsuits; OCR Complaint Against Harvard; Implications for Fisher II
On July 7, both the University of North Carolina and Harvard University filed requests to delay litigation in their separate lawsuits until the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a decision in its rehearing of Fisher v. the University of Texas. Also, in June, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) dismissed a complaint against Harvard University’s undergraduate admissions program because of the similar lawsuit against Harvard pending in federal court. The complaint had been filed by more than 60 Asian American groups in May.
The College Board, Through the Access & Diversity Collaborative, has filed an Amicus Brief in the Matter of Fisher v. University of Texas.
The College Board's brief focuses on the issues of institutional autonomy and the importance of professional discretion in admission. The brief was submitted by Nov. 2, 2015, and was joined by AACRA, NACAC and LSAC.
Please secure a copy of the brief from the Downloads section or here.
A similar brief was filed in the first Fisher case in 2012 reflecting the expertise and knowledge of our Collaborative and the College Board. The brief supports the ADC's focus on higher education institutions that develop admission policies and practices which are legally sound and meet mission-driven enrollment goals.