US Supreme Court to revisit affirmative action debate

July 2, 2015

The US Supreme Court has announced that it has agreed to hear Fisher v University of Texas at Austin again. Two years ago, the case was sent back to the lower courts with the instructions to apply “strict scrutiny.” Supporters of race-conscious admissions have called the move “baffling and ominous,” speculating that the court may limit, or even end, all such affirmative action. Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was not admitted by UT Austin in 2008, said, “I hope the justices will rule that UT is not allowed to treat undergraduate applicants differently because of their race or ethnicity.” Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required) | Inside Higher Ed | New York Times | The Guardian