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NACAC Applauds Supreme Court Decision Affirming Race-Conscious Admission at University of Texas

Arlington, VA (June 23, 2016) —  The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) applauds today’s US Supreme Court decision affirming the importance of diversity within higher education.

By retaining the right of admission professionals to use race as one of many factors that can be considered in a holistic review process, the court has assured that higher education — a proven pathway to prosperity — remains open to all.

Diversity within higher education remains a national goal. To that end, college admission professionals must be able to craft a class of students who they believe can not only succeed, but also contribute to the betterment of their institution, the nation, and the global community.

The US Supreme Court today upheld as lawful under the Equal Protection Clause the race-conscious admission program in use at the time of Abigail Fisher's application to the University of Texas. Fisher, a white Texas student, applied for admission to UT-Austin and was rejected. She sued the university for discrimination, arguing that its policies, which use an applicant's race as one of several factors in determining admission for students not admitted through the university's so-called Top Ten Percent Plan, violated her rights under the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.

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