Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Statement on the Official Ruling of the United States Supreme Court Case Of Fisher V. University Of Texas and Affirmative Action

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right for colleges and universities to use race as one of many factors in admission decisions. In the case of Fisher v. University of Texas (UT), the justices referred the case back to a lower court to determine whether the university’s affirmative action policy met the “burden of strict scrutiny” the Supreme Court previously established in a 2003 affirmative action case. As a result, the UT admissions policy remains in place while the appeals court reconsiders the case.

NBCSL President Joe Armstrong (TN) issues the following statement:

"The Supreme Court’s ruling is a double-edged sword. On one hand, as state government leaders, we are encouraged that the justices reaffirmed our colleges and universities can still consider race as a factor to achieve diversity in their student populations. On the other hand, we are disappointed that the court elected not to take a stronger stance to fully affirm UT’s admissions policy.

Affirmative action is one of the most effective programs to correct structural injustices that have plagued our nation since its inception. I remain optimistic that the lower court will find the UT policy not only constitutional, but vital to the education of all Americans. Our institutions of higher education must reflect the rich diversity of our great nation."
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