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RESOURCES: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

December 30, 1899

 

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Rehear the Case

Supreme Court to Again Hear Challenge to UT's Admissions Rules
The Texas Tribune (June 29, 2015)

Statement by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad on the U.S. Supreme Court Granting Review in Fisher v. University of Texas

As they rehear the Fisher case, we remain confident that the justices will continue to recognize the importance of diversity and show appropriate deference to the judgments made by the University of Texas, which inform its admissions policies and practices.

Case Returns to the Appeals Court

UT at Austin's Consideration of Race in Admissions Ruled Legal by Appeals Court (July 16, 2014)

From the U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (June 24, 2013)

Transcript of Oral Argument in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Oct 10, 2012)

Higher Education Community and Other Statements on the 2013 U.S. ​Supreme Court Decision

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad

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.

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers 

We will continue to defend the University’s admission policy on remand in the lower court under the strict standards that the Court first articulated in the Bakke case, reaffirmed in the Grutter case, and laid out again today. We believe the University’s policy fully satisfies those standards.

Amicus Briefs

Amicus Brief from ACE and 41 Higher Education Associations to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ​(Oct. 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court in remanded the case back to the 5th Circuit in June 2013. The appeals court heard the case Nov. 13, 2013. ​

Amicus Brief from ACE and the Higher Education Community to the U.S. Supreme Court in Support of the University of Texas (Aug. 2012)

Full list of amicus briefs in support of petitioner and respondent (UT-Austin Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs)

ACE's President to President

President to President Special Edition: Supreme Court Rules in Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin (June 24, 2013)

President to President Special Edition: Supreme Court Hears Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Oct. 11, 2012)

President to President Special Edition: ACE Filing Amicus Brief in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (Aug. 13, 2012)

ACE Board of Directors Resolution on Diversity

Resolution approved by the ACE Board of Directors on June 19, 2012, to preserve, support and enhance diversity on college and university campuses.

Other Resources

SCOTUSBlog on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

Understanding Fisher v. the University of Texas (College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative)

Fisher v. University of Texas: Keeping the "Strict" in "Strict Scrutiny" (NACUA Notes)

Preparing for the Fisher Decision: Are You Ready? (College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative)

University of Michigan Admissions Cases Before the U.S. Supreme Court (2003)

Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger​

Affirmative Action in Higher Education After Grutter v. Bollinger and Gratz v. Bollinger​

Statement of Higher Education Presidential Associations on Affirmative Action Cases Before the United States Supreme Court​​

Other ACE News

  • July 2, 2015

    Today's Headlines

    HEADLINES: Today's Top Higher Education News

    In today’s headlines, the Los Angeles Times editorializes in favor of the U.S. Supreme Court affirming the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions policy when the court rehears the Fisher case this fall. In other news, The Chronicle of Higher...

  • Institutional Capacity

    July 1, 2015

    Apply Now for ACE’s Institute for New Presidents

    New college and university leaders from all sectors of higher education can apply now for the 2015-16 ACE Institute for New Presidents, which is designed specifically for presidents in their first three years of service.

  • Supporting Student Veterans

    June 29, 2015

    Bob Woodruff Foundation Grant Extends Program to Train College Mental Health Counselors

    A grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation will allow ACE to extend an initiative that trains college and university mental health counselors on how to better address issues such as post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention in their work treating...

  • June 26, 2015

    Education Department Scales Back Plan to Rate Colleges

    The Department of Education (ED) announced yesterday that it has scaled back the planned Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) first announced by President Obama in August 2013.

  • Budget and Appropriations

    June 26, 2015

    Congress Moves Forward on Education Funding

    The House and Senate appropriations committees both passed their FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education bills this week, and the results were somewhat mixed for higher education.

 

 More on the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court Decision

 
Higher Ed Groups Respond to Supreme Court Decision in The New York Times (click to enlarge; PDF, 1.5 MB)
Webinar (free for ACE members)