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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

June 24, 2013

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Court Also Issues Decisions in Two Other Higher Education Employment Cases

​The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision today in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (UT), ordering lower courts to take another look at the challenge to UT’s use of race and ethnicity in its admissions process. For the text of the decision, ACE’s amicus brief in the case and other resources, click here.

In a complex ruling, the court agreed with the higher education community that diversity on college campuses offers unique educational benefits to students and is a compelling government interest.

“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,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad in a statement on the decision. “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.”

ACE will be holding a July 10 webinar (free for ACE members) offering a detailed discussion of how institutions can work within the parameters laid out by the court to continue to provide the optimal learning environment for their students.

The court also announced decisions today in the two other higher education cases: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar and Vance v. Ball State. The court decided in favor of the institutions in both cases.

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