The Supreme Court of the United States of America has voted on the latest affirmative action case before the highest court in the land. With a 7-1 vote, the Supreme Court told an appeals court that their precedent was misinterpreted with respect to reviewing the affirmative action policy at the University of Texas at Austin. So what does this mean in the grand scheme of college admissions and the practice of affirmative action, you ask?
According to Ryan J. Reilly’s piece in “The Huffington Post” on the affirmative action case, “The decision is a provisional victory for Abigail Fisher, a white woman who claimed that UT-Austin unconstitutionally discriminated against her after the state’s flagship university rejected her application in 2008 under its race-conscious admissions program. UT-Austin will now have a much more difficult job of proving its program constitutional under the standard the Supreme Court clarified on Monday. Justice Elena Kagan, the former dean of Harvard Law School, recused herself, presumably due to her involvement with the case while she served as President Barack Obama’s first solicitor general.”
So the Supreme Court’s 7-1 vote could well prove to shake up the world of college admissions. Round 1 to Abigail Fisher. Have a question on affirmative action in college admissions? Let us know your questions by posting below! We look forward to hearing from you.