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Supreme Court sides with Affirmative Action in Fisher Case #ByeAbby

In a 4-3 decision (with Justice Elena Kagan recusing herself) the Supreme Court upheld the Fifth US Circuit Court’s ruling that the University of Texas at Austin appropriately utilizes race in its college admissions policy.

Under this policy, the school admits the top 10% of all high school applicants for 75% of spots and uses an holistic review process (where race is considered alongside personal and academic achievement) to fill the remaining 25% of spots.

Study: most college institutions governed by White men

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A study released by the University of Central Florida shows that the top leaders at Football Bowl Subdivision conferences and schools remain mostly white and male.

The study examined race and gender of conference commissioners and campus leaders holding positions of college and university presidents, athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives such as football coaches for 125 institutions. 

Landmark affirmative action case back in court

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Back in June, the U.S. Supreme Court faced an issue that it has decided on countless times. Affirmative Action and whether or not colleges and universities should consider a person’s race when admitting them.

The case was Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, and the justices could not come to a conclusion. Six years ago, Abigail Fisher filed a lawsuit arguing that she was rejected from the university because it favored minorities.

The justices returned the case to the lower court that had previously upheld the school’s affirmative action program, instructing them to rule on whether or not the university had “adequately considered other methods that did not use race, such as those more focused on family income, in its efforts to diversify the student body.”

Supreme Court likely to uphold affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court is currently evaluating the University of Michigan’s current ban on affirmative action, and most of the justices appear to agree that it should be upheld.

Several of them expressed doubts that the constitutional amendment violates minorities’ equal protection rights.

From USA Today:

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy all questioned why a state’s voters should not be able to change affirmative action policies, just as any other level of school or state government can. Justice Clarence Thomas’ vote for the ban is virtually assured. 

Supreme Court to decide on key affirmative action case

The Supreme Court will decide if affirmative action is a justifiable factor in college admissions on Tuesday.

The judges will take on the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a 2006 constitutional amendment banning the use of racial preferences in public university admissions.

Tomorrow’s ruling could not just affect the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, but reach seven states. California, Florida, Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma, Nebraska and New Hampshire has similar bans.

UT students hold bake sale in protest of affirmative action

The University of Texas at Austin’s campus is buzzing after a group of conservative students held a bake sale.

UT’s chapter of Young Conservatives sold more than baked goods. They delivered their clear-cut stance on affirmative action at the school.

The group posted signs with their prices for the baked goods; each charging customers based on their race.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Abigail Fisher

I am so sick of entitled white students from the suburbs that blame affirmative action for their lack of success in college admissions. College admission, especially for very selective schools, is the epitome of an arbitrary process. Either you stand out, or not. Quite simple. While race does play a role in the admission, it’s typically very minor. Nowhere is this most evident than at my school, the University of Chicago. In 2011, black students only represented 5 % of the undergraduate student body. White students, however, represented almost half of  the school, and still do. But if you ask Abigail Fisher, and other girls like her, all those minorities at these universities are the root problem. Cue the eye roll!