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 U.S. Supreme Court Grants Abigail Fisher's Second Request for Certiorari
This means that the Court will hear a new round of arguments next term in the case. (Justice Kagan is still recused from the case, given her involvement in earlier rounds of litigation as Solicitor General, meaning that only eight Justices will hear it.) The Access & Diversity Collaborative will closely monitor the case and continue to provide important updates in the coming weeks. Read more here: Supreme Court Returns to Affirmative Action.
The ADC Diversity Syllabus for Institutions is now available!
Over the last decade, the College Board's Access & Diversity Collaborative (ADC) - working in partnership with numerous higher education institutions and organizations, notably including the American Council on Education (ACE) - has developed a significant body of work designed to assist institutions pursing diversity goals. To create greater awareness of these resources and how to use them, the ADC, working with its sponsors, has created the Syllabus to map relevant issues and to direct institutions to important resources that can help them understand these issues, develop effective policies, and - as appropriate - mitigate legal risk. We hope that the syllabus can be particularly timely, given continued legal activity and public attention to diversity-related race- conscious enrollment practices.
You can find the Syllabus here or in the downloads section of the ADC website.
New Materials Available!
Access and Diversity Collaborative Session at the HE Colloquium on The Playbook: Using Race Neutral Strategies Effectively, No Matter What League You’re In, January 12, 2015.
To secure your copy of the presentation from the Colloquium please contact Brad Quin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access and Diversity Collaborative Webinar on Evaluating Race-Neutral Strategies in Support of Your Institution's Diversity Goals, January 26, 2015.
If you’d like to view the Webcast and presentation from the webinar, click here for access:
Copies of the Playbook can be secured from the Downloads section of this page.