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Supreme Court to Consider Affirmative Action in College Admissions

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a case involving the use of race in admissions decisions at the University of Texas. Affirmative action has long been a hot-button issue.

UT currently admits the top 10 percent of high school graduates. However, the state uses race and ethnicity as a factor when considering whether to admit students who are not in the top 10 percent. In 2010, among undergraduates accepted 49 percent were white, 22.5 percent Latino, 5 percent black with Asian students accounting for most of the remainder.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Louisiana State University senior Abigail Noel Fisher, who is white, sued after she was rejected by UT, who graduated in the top 12 percent of her high school class with a 3.59 GPA. ”I hope the court will decide that all future UT applicants will be allowed to compete for admission without their race or ethnicity being a factor,” Fisher said in a statement released by the Project on Fair Representation.

 A representative of the American Council on Education spoke in defense of using race as an admissions factor. ”We hope we will be able to continue to apply the institutional mission that includes diversity as one of the features that a school values,” Ada Meloy of the council told the Chronicle.
 
The newspaper points out that the university has actually increased minority enrollment since it began using the top 10% rule, which doesn’t weigh race.