Diversity and Access

Regardless of whether institutions use race-conscious or race-neutral admission policies, NACAC recognizes and seeks to educate the community on the substantial benefits derived from a diverse student body and the complexity of the admission process. ​​​​​​​​​This page offers the most recent guidance for NACAC members on race-conscious admission.

Fisher v. UT Austin

The Fisher II decision upholds UT-Austin's use of race-conscious admissions and preserves the earlier positions that colleges have a compelling interest in ensuring student body diversity.

Read NACAC's press release on the decision.

Related Items

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  • Fisher Ruling Q&A

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Second Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas: Preliminary Q&A on the Decision and Its Possible Implications (Access and Diversity Collaborative, June 2016)

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  • Guidance from DOJ and ED

    Guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education on the voluntary use of race to achieve diversity in postsecondary education.

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  • Diversity and Access Collaborative

    NACAC is a sponsoring organization of the Diversity and Access Collaborative, a national initiative spearheaded by the College Board's Advocacy & Policy Center. The Collaborative provides resources on diversity-related issues in higher education, including guidance on legal battles pertaining to diversity in college admission.

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  • NACAC CEO Op-ed

    NACAC CEO Joyce Smith writes about "Why Wishful Thinking Won't Erase Need for Race-Conscious Admission Policies" for ​Diverse Issues in Higher Education.​

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NACAC Inclusion, Access and Success Committee

The Inclusion, Access and Success Committee shall advance the association’s commitment to inclusion for underserved students and the educational professionals who guide them.