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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Courts - "Purdue, IU pulling for Texas; affirmative action ruling could mean big changes"

That is the headline to Eric Weddle's long story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier. Some quotes:

Purdue and Indiana universities are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to tread lightly in how it reviews affirmative action on college campuses.

The court is deliberating whether race should continue as a factor in college admissions or be struck down, a change that could alter the makeup of colleges across the country, higher education experts said.

A decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin is not expected until spring, but if the court reverses a 2003 landmark case that endorsed the use of race as a factor at a Michigan college, it could affect the demographics of future freshman classes, said Ada Meloy, general counsel for the American Council of Education.

“If the Supreme Court would declare that the Michigan case was wrong, that would make most institutions, like IU and Purdue, forbidden to use race as one of the facts they consider in the holistic review of many factors for admissions,” she said. * * *

Officials at Purdue and Indiana universities would say little or nothing this week about the case and how it could alter admission policy. However, the two universities, as well as seven other research universities, signed on to an amicus brief that was submitted in support of the University of Texas. Dozens of other schools have filed their own briefs.

ILB: Here is the SCOTUSblog webpage on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Oral argument was held in this case on Oct. 10, 2012. Here is the 98-page transcript.

Here is the Brief amici curiae of Leading Public Research Universities, filed Aug. 13, 2012.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 14, 2012 10:19 AM
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