NACAC Statement on Supreme Court Announcement in Harvard and UNC Cases
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to take up college admission cases from Harvard and the University of North Carolina, NACAC will advocate forcefully for the institutional interest in achieving a diverse student body and for the national interest in combatting racial inequities in postsecondary education. We will:
- Further engage our members to inform communications on the barriers to racial equity in higher education and strategies to address them
- Submit an amicus curiae brief with organizational partners to ensure the admission voice is represented during the Court’s deliberations
- Engage with our membership over the course of this year and next regarding relevant legal developments and their implications for admission practice.
Our just-released report with NASFAA, “Toward a More Equitable Future for Postsecondary Education,” will provide the foundation for our continued advocacy for student- and equity-centered college admission. In addition, the development of our new policy framework, which places a student- and equity-centered approach to college admission at the top of our list of priorities, will allow us to concentrate our efforts on high-impact policy objectives grounded in both research and practice.
NACAC has a long history of supporting our institutions in cases before the Supreme Court. We supported the University of Michigan in the Gratz and Grutter v. Bollinger cases by developing research into commitments to diversity within institutional mission statements and joined an amicus brief with other higher education organizations. And we supported the University of Texas in the Fisher v. University of Texas case by joining an amicus brief on behalf of the college admission profession.
We are a resilient profession. We will face the challenges ahead and regardless of the Court’s outcome, NACAC will support you in your efforts to advance research-based and Supreme Court-recognized diversity and equity interests.
The Access and Diversity Collaborative (ADC), of which NACAC is a proud sponsor and participant, provides an action alert, which outlines the significance of the Supreme Court agreeing to hear the Harvard and UNC cases vs SFFA. This Action Alert provides clear messaging for stakeholders when engaging the public and media.
Join us for a webinar on March 14, 2022 on the Supreme Court’s decision. This webinar will be recorded.
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