ACE, 40 Associations Support Harvard’s Diversity in Admissions Policy in Appeals Court Brief May 22, 2020 Section 1 Content ACE and 40 other associations submitted an amicus brief yesterday in support of Harvard’s “holistic” admissions process and its consideration of race and ethnicity when reviewing applications for undergraduate admission. The trial court’s decision in Harvard’s favor in the high-profile case Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard is currently on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. The associations are asking the appeals court not to “upset decades of Supreme Court precedent that has approved of holistic and individualized admissions processes” in overturning the lower court’s decision. The U.S. District Court in Massachusetts ruled last October that Harvard does not discriminate against Asian American applicants, reaffirming the importance of race-conscious admissions in helping construct diverse campuses. While Judge Alison Burroughs wrote that the Harvard admissions process was not perfect, she said that “the court will not dismantle a very fine admissions program that passes constitutional muster, solely because it could do better.”Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) immediately appealed the decision. Briefing by the parties, as well as by amici supporting the parties, will be completed in early June. SFFA alleged in its complaint, first filed in 2014, that Harvard discriminates against Asian American students in its admissions processes. Edward Blum, SFFA’s president, is the architect and driving force behind this lawsuit, and other cases challenging race-conscious admissions practices at colleges and universities, including the unsuccessful attempt in Fisher v. University of Texas to eliminate the use of race as one of many factors in admissions. Blum created SFFA, an organization that purports to work on behalf of Asian-Americans.ACE President Ted Mitchell said in a statement at the time of the district court ruling that it “unambiguously respects more than four decades of U.S. Supreme Court precedent. Finding that 'Harvard's interest in student body diversity is substantial and compelling,' the court emphasized that the university has followed the high court's standard that race and ethnicity can be considered within a narrowly tailored framework as one factor in a holistic admissions review."Mitchell noted that the ruling was “especially gratifying because it occurs against a backdrop of continuing attacks on what remains the settled law of the land in this area."ACE’s amicus brief emphasizes that diversity, including racial diversity, advances learning, enriches campus environments, and prepares students to thrive in an increasingly diverse workforce and society. It also underscores that the Supreme Court permits colleges and universities to pursue the version of diversity that best suits their mission and goals, including the limited consideration of race.The court’s most recent ruling on the issue came in 2016, in Fisher II v. the University of Texas at Austin. This decision reaffirmed the constitutionality of considering race as one factor in a holistic admissions review and underscored the autonomy U.S. colleges and universities have to define the intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to each institution's identity and educational mission.The Harvard case may ultimately reach the Supreme Court, putting the issue of race-conscious admissions back in front of the justices for the fifth time since 1978, and before a court that has added Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh since it last took up the issue of diversity in college admissions. For more background and ACE’s work on the case, click here. Section 2 Content Section 3 Content Section 4 Content Section 5 Content Section 6 Content Button Content Rail Content 1Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard UniversityDetails on the case first filed in 2014. Read more Rail Content 2Diversity in AdmissionsAchieving equitable access to college for communities of color has been a critical goal for higher education since the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Higher Education Act in 1965. Read about ACE's work on the issue.Read more Rail Content 3 Related News December 21, 2020 Campus leaders, during this critical time, must have an eye on near-term academic and business realities and the safety and well-being of their students and staff, as well as long-term mission goals, values, and strategies for institutional resilience. Read More News December 21, 2020 ACE, Huron Collaborate on Transformational Leaders Video Series Statement December 21, 2020 We applaud the bipartisan agreement to simplify the process of applying for federal student aid, which will make it significantly easier for students and families to complete the FAFSA form and increase the number of individuals who receive aid. Read More Statement December 21, 2020 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on FAFSA Simplification Statement November 12, 2020 We are confident that if and when this case goes to the Supreme Court, the justices will continue to uphold the vital principle that student body diversity is a compelling governmental interest. Read More Statement November 12, 2020 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on First Circuit Court of Appeals Decision in Harvard University Admissions Case Online Event November 10, 2020 Learn about key findings from "Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement" and hear scholars and philanthropy leaders discuss how to study and work to close racial equity gaps in higher education. Read More Online Event November 10, 2020 Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: 2020 Supplement Release Member Spotlight November 10, 2020 Over the past decade, the Bunker Hill Community College Veterans Center has worked to ensure a smooth transition to college for student-veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reservists, and their eligible dependents. Read More Member Spotlight November 10, 2020 Over a Decade of Serving Student Veterans at Bunker Hill Community College Member Spotlight November 10, 2020 As we commemorate Veterans Day and those who served, ACE is proud to highlight a selection of our members’ work geared toward helping veterans succeed on their campuses, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More Member Spotlight November 10, 2020 ACE Member Institutions Adopt Programs to Support Veterans News October 22, 2020 Philip Dubois, winner of the 2020 ACE Council of Fellows/Fidelity Investments Mentor Award, delivered an insightful webinar on impactful leadership lessons in crisis management. Read More News October 22, 2020 Learn From Mentor Award Winner How to Lead in Tumultuous Times Press Release October 15, 2020 ACE has announced it will add apprenticeships to its already significant learning evaluations portfolio and will work to improve postsecondary and workforce connections for these programs. Read More Press Release October 15, 2020 New ACE Project to Enhance Apprenticeship Pathways to Employment Podcast October 15, 2020 Phi Beta Kappa CEO Fred Lawrence joins the hosts to explore how Amy Coney Barrett’s inevitable confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice will affect colleges and universities on issues such as diversity in admissions policies and immigration. Read More Podcast October 15, 2020 Episode 30: What Higher Ed Needs to Know About the New Supreme Court Online Event October 14, 2020 Blockchain helps workers share knowledge and skills with employers. Join ACE’s Ted Mitchell to discuss unlocking learner potential in the post-COVID economy, with remarks from Colorado’s governor, Jared Polis. Only on ACE Engage—Create your account! Read More Online Event October 14, 2020 Empowering Learners in Today’s Economy: Presented by the Education Blockchain Initiative News October 9, 2020 The Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit alleging that Yale University is not following the dictates of the U.S. Supreme Court in carrying out its race-conscious admissions policy. Read More News October 9, 2020 ACE, Yale Decry Department of Justice Lawsuit Claiming Yale Admissions Practices Violate Federal Civil Rights Law Statement October 8, 2020 It is profoundly disturbing that the Department of Justice has launched such an unprecedented judicial attack on one of the nation’s great universities—and by extension all of American higher education. Read More Statement October 8, 2020 Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Department of Justice's Lawsuit Against Yale University Video October 6, 202012:30 PM to 1:00 PM ET In this Q&A session, Pete Fritz and Brian Haugabrook of Deloitte will address COVID-19’s impact from recruitment through graduation and the increasingly hybrid university environment. Sponsored by Deloitte. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account Read More Video October 6, 202012:30 PM to 1:00 PM ET Managing the Student Lifecycle after COVID-19—Q&A Session News September 30, 2020 ACE and 55 other higher education associations have written to Secretary Betsy DeVos to protest the Education Department's investigation of Princeton University for recognizing that racism remains a significant problem in U.S. higher education. Read More News September 30, 2020 ACE, Higher Education Groups Support Princeton in Federal Inquiry After University Acknowledges Systemic Racism News July 20, 2020 The Trump administration has rescinded its directive that said international students could not legally stay in the United States if they were taking all their classes online. Read More News July 20, 2020 Trump Administration Withdraws Directive Banning International Students News June 26, 2020 ACE and other higher education associations have submitted amicus briefs in two federal court cases seeking a delay in the effective date of the final Title IX regulations. Read More News June 26, 2020 ACE, Higher Ed Groups Submit Briefs in Support of Putting Compliance Deadline for Title IX Regulations on Hold News June 19, 2020 In a long-anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court yesterday voted 5 to 4 to reject the Trump administration's 2017 attempt to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. Read More News June 19, 2020 Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration From Ending DACA Audio May 19, 2020 ACE’s Terry Hartle and Jon Fansmith update you on higher education’s response to COVID-19 and look ahead to the fall. This edition is sponsored by Finn Partners. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Audio May 19, 2020 Public Policy Pop-Up: May Edition Video May 7, 2020 EAB explores data-driven tactical and strategic actions enrollment leaders should consider, including possible future outcomes and the trailing impact on student behavior. Sponsored by EAB. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video May 7, 2020 Enrollment Strategies and Tactics for the Global Pandemic Video May 4, 2020 The College Board shares findings from a recent large national student surve, and enrollment leaders share best practices for communicating with prospective students. Sponsored by the College Board. Presented on ACE Engage—Create your account. Read More Video May 4, 2020 Student-Informed Principles and Strategies to Support Enrollment in Light of COVID Podcast May 4, 2020 Hosts Jon Turk and Sarah Spreitzer talk with College Promise CEO Martha Kanter about the future of college promise programs nationwide, particularly in light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on higher education. Read More Podcast May 4, 2020 dotEDU Episode 20: Can We Promise College for All?