In a divided opinion released this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, upholding the state’s voter-passed ban on the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions.
However, while we’re still combing through the 100-page document, it does not appear to go any further in terms of revisiting the court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas issued last year.
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.
We’ll link to information on the Schuette case below as it becomes available:
U.S. Supreme Court Opinion in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action
Legal Update: Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (From the College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative, Sept. 2013)
Supreme Court Upholds Bans on Racial Preferences in College Admissions (The Chronicle of Higher Education)
Affirmative Action Ban Upheld (Inside Higher Ed)
Higher Ed Diversity Advocates Focus on Big Picture After Supreme Court Setback (Diverse: Issues In Higher Education)
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)