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."
While Cashin argues racism is a real problem in America, being 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.
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The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban considerations of race in college admissions on Tuesday. Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action questioned the legality of a Michigan Constitutional Amendment prohibiting state universities from using affirmative action in their admission process.
*Correction: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The case centered on Abigail Fisher, a UT hopeful who was denied admission in 2008 -- Fisher was Caucasian. She claimed that students of other race were given priority admittance.
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.