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

June 29, 2015

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“American colleges and universities, individually and collectively, seek to create the most appropriate academic environments that will enable their students to be fully prepared to lead and thrive in an increasingly complex and global society.  A diverse student body is critical to that pursuit.

Starting with the California v. Bakke decision in 1978—and with subsequent cases addressing admission in higher education (Grutter v. Bollinger, Gratz v. Bollinger, Fisher v. University of Texas)—the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized both the unique educational benefits of campus diversity and the fact that such diversity is a compelling government interest.

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.”

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