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Affirmative Action in College Admissions Back in the News

In case you haven’t heard already, the U.S. Supreme Court currently is deciding whether to hear another affirmative action case, this one regarding college admissions. In Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin, the plaintiff claims she would have been accepted to the flagship university were it not for the college’s consideration of race in its admission decisions.

The Washington Post editorial pages already have weighed in with a couple of perspectives. Columbia University President Lee Bollinger—the defendant of another pivotal Supreme Court affirmative action case, which resulted in a vote in favor of the limited use of race—writes that overturning affirmative action “would be as damaging to higher education as it would be ill-timed for the nation at large.” The Post previously ran a column from George Will in which he argues “diversity bureaucracies on campuses will continue to use minority students as mere means to other people’s ends, injuring minorities by treating them as ingredients that supposedly enrich the academic experience of others.”

The Supreme Court might decline to hear this case merely based on the fact that the chief litigant is about to graduate from Louisiana State University. But the issue of whether an applicant’s race should be part of the admissions process clearly still has not yet been settled.

Are you following this case? Is affirmative action still a controversial topic on the campuses you cover?


This post originally appeared on EWA’s now-defunct online community, EdMedia Commons. Old content from EMC will appear in the Ed Beat archives.