Wednesday, February 16, 2011

No Time for Complacency on Racial Diversity

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 13, 2011
By Arthur L. Coleman and Scott R. Palmer

Last month a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that a University of Texas policy that included consideration of race as part of an overall assessment of applicants was lawful. Applying the U.S. Supreme Court's 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, which upheld the University of Michigan law school's race-conscious admissions policy, the appeals court found that the challenged policy "used a holistic, multifactor approach, in which race [was] but one of many considerations," and was aligned with Grutter.
The central issue in the case, however, had less to do with the policy's adherence to a Michigan-like model and more to do with whether Texas needed a race-conscious admissions policy in the first place.

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