On Thursday, October 31, ARL joined more than 40 associations in signing an amicus brief (PDF) in support of the University of Texas in its appeal of the ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas. The case challenges the affirmative action admissions policy of the university. This summer, the US Supreme Court held that the Fifth Circuit had not applied the correct level of scrutiny to the policy and sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit for review.
In leading the effort of this amicus brief, the American Council on Education stated, “The Supreme Court held in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003), and reaffirmed in this case, that higher education institutions have a compelling interest in the educational benefits that flow from a diverse student body. That interest can justify the narrowly tailored consideration of race in admissions.”
In August 2012, ARL joined an earlier amicus brief (PDF) filed on behalf of 40 higher education associations in support of the University of Texas policy.
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