On Wednesday, October 10th, 2012, the United States Supreme Court will hear a closely-watched case on diversity in college admissions in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Visit our main web page on the Fisher Case. Please see the case overview, a list of the avalanche of amicus briefs filed, a Q&A, a description of the UT admissions process and our brief.
Fisher v. UT Austin is the first federal litigation challenging the use of race in university admissions since the Supreme Court’s 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger which upheld an admissions policy at the University of Michigan Law School and broadly affirmed the educational importance of diversity.
UT’s consideration of race in admissions is exceedingly modest, even more so than the law school admissions policy at issue in Grutter. But the impact of the race-conscious component of the policy is meaningful. After UT added consideration of race into its individualized admissions policy beginning in 2005, African-Americans enrollment grew by over 21 percent.