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WEDNESDAY BUZZ: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Considering Race in Admissions, Leaves Fisher Decision Intact

April 23, 2014

Supreme Court

 

​The U.S. Supreme Court issued a major higher education decision yesterday, a 6-2 ruling that reverses the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action and upholds Michigan’s voter-passed ban on the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions.

However, as ACE President Molly Corbett Broad noted in her statement on the decision, the court did not revisit its 2013 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. In that 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, but ordered the lower court to take another look at UT’s admissions process. 

“Our main concern ... was whether it would detract from the Fisher decision, which allowed the continued use of race,” ACE General Counsel Ada Meloy told Inside Higher Ed​. “We were very pleased to see that was not shaken by the decision issued today.”

To read the amicus brief to the Supreme Court filed by ACE on behalf of numerous other higher education organizations in the Schuette case, click here​

Also see:

Higher Ed Diversity Advocates Focus on Big Picture After Supreme Court Setback
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Affirmative Action in College Admissions​
Politico

Court Backs Affirmative Action Ban​
The Wall Street Journal

Colleges Seek New Paths to Diversity After Court Ruling​
The New York Times

Sotomayor to Fellow Justices: You Can’t ‘Wish Away’ Racial Inequality​
The Washington Post

OPINION: State Must Forge New Path to Equal Opportunity​
The Detroit Free Press

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