"It will take time to analyze the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and its impact on the consideration of race and ethnicity as one factor among many in the admissions process. However, we are deeply gratified that the court agrees with the higher education community—diversity on our campuses offers unique educational benefits to students and is a compelling government interest.
Today's ruling is a complex one, but it does make clear that colleges and universities will have work to do. Each institution will need to show that any process that considers race and ethnicity as part of a holistic admissions review is precisely tailored to meet the goals of achieving the educational benefits that flow from diversity.
Our colleges and universities seek to create the most challenging possible academic environment and produce students fully prepared to function in today's society. A diverse student body is critical to that pursuit."