SCOTUS upholds affirmative action. Is this ruling good for American universities? | The Tylt
In a 4-3 ruling, the Supreme Court upheld affirmative action as part of the admissions program at the University of Texas, and affirmed that taking race into consideration as a factor of admission is constitutional. At stake was the University of Texas' policy of holistic admission, which means that students who apply to the university system are judged based on a variety of factors, race one among them.
Abigail Fisher, who brought the case against the University of Texas, claimed it was unfair for UT to reject her while accepting less qualified minority applicants, and sued claiming the school had discriminated against her based on her race.
Lawyers for the school argued that UT looked at each applicant as a whole person, and considered race as only one factor among many in evaluating a student. The year Fisher applied, 80% of UT’s student body was admitted strictly by class rank; UT officials insisted that Fisher simply didn’t measure up.
Does this ruling set a good precedent for college admissions?
Supporters of the ruling say that this is a step in the right direction. This program is not affirmative action in the sense of quotas, but it is a way to increase diversity on campus, and acknowledges that certain groups are more likely to be marginalized or disadvantaged when it comes to higher education. Programs like these need to exist.
However, critics say that it is precisely programs like these that are discriminatory. Qualified students are being rejected by schools that they would have otherwise been admitted to—if it weren't for race. They argue that this is the textbook definition of discrimination, and a purely merit-based program would be much more fair.
Was this ruling a good one? What do you think?
SCOTUS upholds affirmative action. Is this ruling good for American universities?
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