End of the road for affirmative action on US campuses?

After more than 60 years, is the end of the road near for affirmative action in college admissions?

The idea of using race to help determine who gets a seat in public colleges has been under fire for decades. Eight … Read the rest

Fisher ruling: ‘Affirmative action lives on by a thread’

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court today issued its long-awaited ruling on affirmative action — but didn’t offer a definitive opinion on whether colleges may consider the use of race in admissions.

Ruling 7-1, the court found that the U.S. … Read the rest

Unusual delay in Supreme Court’s decision on Abigail Fisher and race-based admissions

Eight months after attorneys for Abigail Fisher argued in front of the Supreme Court that the University of Texas’ affirmative action admissions policy discriminates against white students, the justices still have not handed down their decision in the potentially paradigm-shifting … Read the rest

Affirmative action about to be redefined?

The case for racial preferences in awarding places at US universities is no longer  about minorities held back by centuries of discrimination, says Simon Barber.

Rather, it is all about letting educators decide what will be best to prepare the … Read the rest

Affirmative action challenge in US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments Wednesday on a case that could affect how universities across the United States consider race in their admissions.

The case, one of the most high-profile of the court’s agenda this year, pits Abigail … Read the rest

‘We don’t need a race box’

Abigail Fisher

Abigail Fisher is a slight young woman with strawberry blond hair, a smile that needs little prompting, a determined manner and a good academic record. She played soccer in high school, and she is an accomplished cellist.

But … Read the rest

When does affirmative action reach ‘critical mass’?

AUSTIN, Texas — Walking across the South Mall, or scanning the football stadium’s 100,000 seats on game day, University of Texas admissions Director Kedra Ishop sees how much has changed since the 1990s, when she was a black student at

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Fisher vs. University of Texas – one girl against Obama and corporate America

WASHINGTON — Last month the Obama administration threw its support behind the University of Texas’ use of race as a standard in its admissions policies, asking the Supreme Court not to interfere with the consideration of racial preferences in college … Read the rest