No opinion on affirmative action in PSE admissions from US Supreme Court

June 24, 2013

The US Supreme Court has decided to send the closely-watched affirmative action case, Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin, back to the lower courts because it does not think enough scrutiny was given to the university’s policies. Abigail Fisher, a white woman rejected for admission by the university, said that her rights were violated by uTexas-Austin's consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions decisions. According to Inside Higher Ed, some had speculated that the Supreme Court might reverse past decisions that allowed PSE institutions to consider race when making admissions decisions. However, the Court did not offer a definitive opinion on the matter. Inside Higher Ed | Chronicle of Higher Education