Affirmative Action http://tpr.org en University Of Texas Can Continue Affirmative Action, Court Rules http://tpr.org/post/university-texas-can-continue-affirmative-action-court-rules A federal appellate court in Texas has ruled that the state's flagship university can continue to use race as a factor in admissions.<p>"To deny UT Austin its limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity would hobble the richness of the educational experience," Judge Patrick Higginbotham <a href="http://www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions/pub/09/09-50822-CV2.pdf" target="_blank">wrote</a> for a split panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.<p>The case, <em>Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin</em>, had been closely watched because it has already reached the Supreme Court. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:12:28 +0000 editor 35134 at http://tpr.org University Of Texas Can Continue Affirmative Action, Court Rules The Source: Is It Time To Change Affirmative Action? http://tpr.org/post/source-it-time-change-affirmative-action <p>The government should be looking past race for its affirmative action goals, argues Sheryll Cashin in her new book, "Place Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America."&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While Cashin argues racism is a real problem in America, b</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">eing too focused on race blinds university administrators as well as government officials to the fact that the goal of affirmative action should be to even the playing field for the disadvantaged. </span></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:26:47 +0000 Paul Flahive 31954 at http://tpr.org The Source: Is It Time To Change Affirmative Action? New Book Sounds Alarm On Growing "Border Patrol Nation" http://tpr.org/post/new-book-sounds-alarm-growing-border-patrol-nation <p></p><p><strong>Fronteras: </strong>The number of U.S. Border Patrol agents has been growing rapidly — and not just along the southern border with Mexico. We speak to Todd Miller author of the new book, “Border Patrol Nation,” about the agency's expanding reach and the implications for privacy rights, civil liberties and more. On a lighter note, taking pictures in a field of Bluebonnets is a favorite springtime tradition in Texas. But we take you to&nbsp;one town that is especially serious about its bluebonnets.</p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Crystal Chavez 30608 at http://tpr.org New Book Sounds Alarm On Growing "Border Patrol Nation" The Source: The End Of Affirmative Action At Colleges? http://tpr.org/post/source-end-affirmative-action-colleges <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban considerations of race in college admissions on Tuesday. <em>Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action&nbsp;</em>questioned the legality of a Michigan Constitutional Amendment prohibiting state universities from using affirmative action in their admission process.&nbsp;</div><div> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:57:44 +0000 Paul Flahive 30609 at http://tpr.org The Source: The End Of Affirmative Action At Colleges? UT Pres. Powers Says Affirmative Action Helps Provide A "Diverse Campus" http://tpr.org/post/ut-pres-powers-says-affirmative-action-helps-provide-diverse-campus <p><em><strong>*Correction:</strong> The quotes from President Powers were made to reporters on April 9 at the Civil Rights Summit. They were not made as a reaction to the SCOTUS ruling on the case. This story has been edited accordingly.</em></p><p>This week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the State of Michigan’s decision that bans colleges and universities from using any type of affirmative action for admissions.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:04:33 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30490 at http://tpr.org UT Pres. Powers Says Affirmative Action Helps Provide A "Diverse Campus" Once Again, 5th Circuit Court Hears Arguments In Fisher v. University Of Texas http://tpr.org/post/once-again-5th-circuit-court-hears-arguments-fisher-v-university-texas <p>A panel of judges from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals were in Austin yesterday to hear oral arguments in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.</p><p>Austin-resident Abigail Fisher argued she lost her spot at UT because she’s white and took her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not make a ruling and instead kicked it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the court needed to take another look at UT admission policies.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:27:59 +0000 Ryan Poppe 21877 at http://tpr.org Once Again, 5th Circuit Court Hears Arguments In Fisher v. University Of Texas Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action In Universities Back To Fifth Circuit http://tpr.org/post/supreme-court-sends-affirmative-action-universities-back-fifth-circuit <p>Affirmative action in college admissions is heading back to a lower court after the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to issue a sweeping constitutionality decision and instead re-evaluated the fundamentals in Fisher v. University of Texas.</p><p>The case centered on Abigail Fisher, a UT hopeful&nbsp;who was denied admission in 2008 -- Fisher was Caucasian. She claimed that students of other race were given priority admittance.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:17:51 +0000 Joey Palacios 13687 at http://tpr.org Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action In Universities Back To Fifth Circuit Race And Admissions: The University Of Texas' Long History http://tpr.org/post/race-and-admissions-university-texas-long-history The U.S. Supreme Court sent a case involving the use of race in the University of Texas' admissions process back to a lower court for stricter scrutiny on Monday. It's one more chapter in the university's long struggle with how it chooses who gets in.<p>Here's a brief look at some key moments:<p><strong>1950:</strong> Four years before the landmark <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em> case, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/10/162650487/sweatt-vs-texas-nearly-forgotten-but-landmark-integration-case" target="_blank">the U.S. Supreme Court rules</a> in <em>Sweatt v. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:50:00 +0000 editor 13683 at http://tpr.org Race And Admissions: The University Of Texas' Long History