Affirmative Action http://kut.org en UT Affirmative Action Policies Stand in Fisher Ruling http://kut.org/post/ut-affirmative-action-policies-stand-fisher-ruling <p>In a two to one opinion, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld UT-Austin's affirmative action policies – the subject of Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. You can <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1219257-fifth-circuit-court-of-appeals-decision-in.html">read the decision here</a>.</p><p>In a 2008 case, white student Abigail Fisher was not admitted into the university. She sued, claiming UT had discriminated against her because of her race. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, but the high court remanded the case to the circuit court last year, finding that when the court originally heard the case it didn't apply proper scrutiny to UT's affirmative action policies ­– as it was supposed to under a 2003 affirmative action case.</p><p></p><p>Read more background on the case here<strong>: <a href="http://kut.org/post/so-what-exactly-happened-fisher-v-university-texas-update">So What Exactly Happened with Fisher v. University of Texas?</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:35:06 +0000 Kate McGee 10791 at http://kut.org UT Affirmative Action Policies Stand in Fisher Ruling Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-affirms-michigans-ban-affirmative-action The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.<p>In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx">the justices</a> said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.<p>Justice Anthony Kennedy announced the decision and <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf">wrote an opinion</a> in the case <em>Schuette v. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:05:42 +0000 Scott Neuman 10272 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action A Brief History of Student Conservatives' 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Games (Update) http://kut.org/post/brief-history-student-conservatives-catch-illegal-immigrant-games-update <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Update</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Controversial Event Called Off</strong></p><p>The Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled its “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” event, originally scheduled for Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Citing the university’s condemnation of the event, UT chapter chair Lorenzo Garcia claims he canceled the event out of fears the university would retaliate against the group’s members, “and that the protest against the event could create a safety issue for our volunteers.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can </span><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/836373-yct-ut-illegal-immigration-event-statement.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">read Garcia’s full remarks here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>Original Story</strong> (Nov. 19):&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The news that the University of Texas chapter of the </span><a href="http://yctut.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Young Conservatives of Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is planning a campus "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game for this week has </span><a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/11/18/texas_campus_group_launches_undocumented_immigrant_sting/" style="line-height: 1.5;">taken</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the political blogosphere by </span><a href="http://gawker.com/conservative-college-kids-host-catch-an-illegal-immigr-1466830894" style="line-height: 1.5;">storm</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>In case you haven’t heard: The group’s UT chapter <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/570575573015284/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular">has stated on Facebook</a> that it’s planning to hold the “Catch an Illegal Immigrant game” this Wednesday. (Here’s <a href="http://imgur.com/885UwmY">a screen grab of the invitation</a> in case it’s taken down.)</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:37:17 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Wells Dunbar 9209 at http://kut.org A Brief History of Student Conservatives' 'Catch an Illegal Immigrant' Games (Update) So What Exactly Happened with Fisher v. University of Texas? (Update) http://kut.org/post/so-what-exactly-happened-fisher-v-university-texas-update <p><strong>Update</strong> (July 15, 2014): The Fifth Circuit has ruled that UT's affirmative action policies can continue.</p><p>Read more here:&nbsp;​<strong><a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-affirmative-action-policies-stand-fisher-ruling" style="line-height: 1.5; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); text-decoration: underline;">UT Affirmative Action Policies Stand in Fisher Ruling</a></strong></p><p><strong>Update</strong>: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing arguments today in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the case that questions UT's use of race in its admissions process.</p><p>In June, the U.S. Supreme Court punted the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals after deciding the Fifth Circuit didn't apply the strictest scrutiny to UT's admissions policies.</p><p>While most UT&nbsp; students are admitted based on whether they’re in the top seven percent of their graduating class, some are admitted based on what the university calls a “holistic review.” An applicant’s race is one element of that review.</p><p>Back in 2008, a white student named Abigail Fisher was denied admission to UT under the holistic review. She sued saying she was a victim of reverse discrimination. Lower courts upheld UT’s affirmative action policy.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:06:45 +0000 Kate McGee 8214 at http://kut.org So What Exactly Happened with Fisher v. University of Texas? (Update) Minority Students at UT Await Affirmative Action Ruling http://kut.org/post/minority-students-ut-await-affirmative-action-ruling <p>Since 2008, the University of Texas has been <a href="http://kut.org/post/so-what-exactly-happened-fisher-v-university-texas">ensnared in a legal battle</a> &nbsp;– Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin&nbsp;–&nbsp;over its use of race in admissions.</p><p>The university says when it comes to deciding whether to accept or reject a student, race is considered as a factor within a factor. But once a student is accepted, what impact does diversity have on the students' learning on campus and in the classroom?</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/117454842" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 16:06:45 +0000 Syeda Hasan 9020 at http://kut.org Minority Students at UT Await Affirmative Action Ruling Supreme Court Returns To Affirmative Action In Michigan Case http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-returns-affirmative-action-michigan-case The U.S. Supreme Court takes up the issue of affirmative action again Tuesday, but this time the question is not whether race may be considered as a factor in college admissions. Instead, this case tests whether voters can ban affirmative action programs through a referendum.<p>In 2003, the <a href="http://www.npr.org/news/specials/michigan/" target="_blank">high court upheld</a> the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action policy. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:57:28 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 8937 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Returns To Affirmative Action In Michigan Case New Hearing Set for UT Affirmative Action Case http://kut.org/post/new-hearing-set-ut-affirmative-action-case <p>A new hearing in the Fisher v. University of Texas affirmative action case has been scheduled for Nov. 13.</p><p>Three judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will gather in Austin to hear oral arguments in the case from both sides. UT officials said the hearing will occur after both sides submit their briefs for the case, but did not say much more about the hearing.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 17:02:58 +0000 Jody Serrano 8741 at http://kut.org New Hearing Set for UT Affirmative Action Case Supreme Court Punts on Affirmative Action; Returns Ruling to Lower Court (Update) http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-punts-affirmative-action-returns-ruling-lower-court-update <p><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>UT Austin officials are reacting today’s ruling on the university’s use of race as a factor in admissions decision.&nbsp;</p><p>For UT, the 7 to 1 ruling from the Supreme Court sending the case back to a lower court doesn’t change anything – for now. President Bill Powers painted the ruling as a win for UT Austin – and higher education in general.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:56:15 +0000 KUT Staff 7899 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Punts on Affirmative Action; Returns Ruling to Lower Court (Update) Race And Admissions: The University Of Texas' Long History http://kut.org/post/race-and-admissions-university-texas-long-history The U.S. Supreme Court sent a case involving the use of race in the University of Texas' admissions process back to a lower court for stricter scrutiny on Monday. It's one more chapter in the university's long struggle with how it chooses who gets in.<p>Here's a brief look at some key moments:<p><strong>1950:</strong> Four years before the landmark <em>Brown v. Board of Education</em> case, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/10/162650487/sweatt-vs-texas-nearly-forgotten-but-landmark-integration-case" target="_blank">the U.S. Supreme Court rules</a> in <em>Sweatt v. Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:20:22 +0000 8208 at http://kut.org Race And Admissions: The University Of Texas' Long History How the Supreme Court Could Rule on Affirmative Action at UT http://kut.org/post/how-supreme-court-could-rule-affirmative-action-ut <p><b>Update:&nbsp;</b>It turned out the Supreme Court went in an entirely different direction - returning the ruling to a lower court, essentially on a technicality.&nbsp;</p><p>Read more here:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/supreme-court-punts-affirmative-action-returns-ruling-lower-court-update">Supreme Court Punts on Affirmative Action’s Merits; Returns Ruling to Lower Court</a></strong></p><p><strong>Original Post</strong>: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down three major decisions that will affect Texans—including <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fisher_v._University_of_Texas">Fisher v. University of Texas</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;That case&nbsp;asks the question if it’s constitutional to consider race in the college admissions process.</p><p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:17:14 +0000 Kate McGee 8204 at http://kut.org How the Supreme Court Could Rule on Affirmative Action at UT No Decisions Yet On The Most-Anticipated Supreme Court Cases http://kut.org/post/no-decisions-yet-most-anticipated-supreme-court-cases There's no big news again today from the U.S. Supreme Court — which is sort-of big news in itself because it means we're still waiting for the justices' decisions on these major cases:<p>-- <em>Fisher v. University of Texas</em>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/10/162567137/justices-return-to-affirmative-action-in-higher-ed" target="_blank">a key test of affirmative action in higher education</a>.<p>-- <em>Shelby County v. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:21:41 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8057 at http://kut.org No Decisions Yet On The Most-Anticipated Supreme Court Cases Automatic Admission to UT Getting More Difficult http://kut.org/post/automatic-admission-ut-getting-more-difficult <p>The class rank <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=2147509790" target="_blank">requirements for automatic admission</a> into the University of Texas at Austin are getting more stringent.</p><p>UT President Bill Powers says that for the Summer/Fall of 2014 and Spring of 2015, UT will automatically admit Texas seniors who rank in the top 7 percent of their high school class.</p><p>That’s down from the <a href="http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/freshmen/after-you-apply/automatic-admission" target="_blank">top 9 percent this Fall/Spring and the top 8 percent next Fall/Spring</a>. Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:47:07 +0000 Laura Rice 5477 at http://kut.org Automatic Admission to UT Getting More Difficult Audio: TribCast on SCOTUS and UT Admissions, Voter Fraud in the Valley http://kut.org/post/audio-tribcast-scotus-and-ut-admissions-voter-fraud-valley <p>http://kut.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Tribcast-Episode-153.mp3</p><p>On this week's political round-up, Evan Smith, Reeve Hamilton, Emily&nbsp;Ramshaw&nbsp;and Ben&nbsp;Philpott&nbsp;talk about the&nbsp;<a href="http://shuffling of committee chairs in the Texas Senate">shuffling of committee chairs in the Texas Senate</a>, which could give public school vouchers an easier path to the governor's desk. The TribCast crew also takes up what could happen in <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/justices-return-affirmative-action-higher-ed">the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin&nbsp;case</a>&nbsp;before the U.S. Supreme Court, and a discussion of <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/why-bother-fighting-corruption-in-rio-grande-valley/">allegations of voter fraud in South Texas</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 15:47:35 +0000 Ben Philpott 5308 at http://kut.org Audio: TribCast on SCOTUS and UT Admissions, Voter Fraud in the Valley Justices Return to Affirmative Action in Higher Ed http://kut.org/post/justices-return-affirmative-action-higher-ed The U.S. Supreme Court returns on Wednesday to the emotional issue of affirmative action in higher education. The court will once again hear oral arguments on the issue, this time in a case from the University of Texas.<p>Over the past 35 years, the court has twice ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:34:58 +0000 Nina Totenberg, NPR 5293 at http://kut.org Justices Return to Affirmative Action in Higher Ed The Lead: UT's Affirmative Action Policies Before Supreme Court http://kut.org/post/lead-uts-affirmative-action-policies-supreme-court <p>Good morning. This misty weather is expected to clear some, with highs warming into the mid-80s <a href="http://www.weather.com/weather/right-now/Austin+TX+78705">according to the Weather Channel</a>. Here’s some of&nbsp; KUT News’ top stories from this morning and yesterday evening:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/court-hear-tom-delays-appeal-money-laundering-case">Court to Hear Tom DeLay's Appeal in Money Laundering Case</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/why-bother-fighting-corruption-in-rio-grande-valley/">Why Bother: Fighting Corruption in Rio Grande Valley</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/city-looking-to-ramp-up-convention-business-2/">City Looking to Ramp Up Convention Business</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/props-10-and-11-wider-civil-service-job-protection-2/">Props 10 and 11: Wider Civil Service Job Protection</a></strong></li></ul><p>The University of Texas is making the case for its affirmative action program before the Supreme Court today. Here’s a round-up of links on what’s at stake, and what to expect.</p><p><strong>Supreme Court Set to Hear Oral Arguments on UT's Admissions Policy&nbsp;</strong>(<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/higher-education/supreme-court-set-hear-oral-arguments-ut-austin-ca/">Texas Tribune</a>)</p><blockquote><p>Abigail Fisher, a white student who graduated outside the top 10 percent of her high school class, was denied admission to UT-Austin in 2008. Claiming that students with lower test scores and less extracurricular involvement were admitted to UT-Austin over her because of their race, Fisher sued the university.</p><p>Now the justices will consider Fisher’s argument that UT-Austin’s admissions policy violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause and federal civil rights statutes because it considers race when admitting the students who are not <a href="http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/freshmen/after-you-apply/automatic-admission">automatically&nbsp;admitted&nbsp;in&nbsp;accordance&nbsp;with&nbsp;state&nbsp;law.</a>&nbsp;The court’s decision is expected to come early next year.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:54:53 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5292 at http://kut.org UT, Affirmative Action, and the 'Achievement Gap' http://kut.org/post/ut-affirmative-action-and-achievement-gap <p>Wednesday, Oct. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear <a data-mce-="" href="http://kut.org/2012/10/uts-affirmative-action-at-high-court-next-week/">Fisher v. The University of Texas</a>. The case asks whether including race as a factor for admission is constitutional. Debate around the issue has been heated.</p><p>Minority groups held a conference at the Texas Capitol on Tuesday and said affirmative action is necessary to right historic wrongs. They argued that underprivileged minorities remain underprivileged if they can’t attend flagship universities. And they argued that diversity in the classroom will help students deal with diversity in the real world.</p><p>But <a data-mce-="" href="http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/graglia/">Lino Graglia</a>, a constitutional law professor at UT who specializes in race and education (and is no stranger to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lino_Graglia#Controversial_remarks">controversial remarks on the topic</a>), says affirmative action won’t fix this. He says the real problem is that many minority students aren’t ready for college when they graduate high school. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:39:34 +0000 Kelly Connelly 5289 at http://kut.org UT, Affirmative Action, and the 'Achievement Gap' AM Update: DOJ Defends UT in Race Case, Win for Texas Over EPA, A&M Shooting Update http://kut.org/post/am-update-doj-defends-ut-race-case-win-texas-over-epa-am-shooting-update <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">Justice Department Supports UT&rsquo;s Admissions Process</b></p><p class="MsoNormal">The Obama Administration says the University of Texas at Austin&#39;s consideration of race in admitting students is constitutional.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp; </span></p><p class="MsoNormal">The U.S. Justice Department revealed its support <a href="http://sblog.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/11-345-US-amicus-8-10-12.pdf">in a brief</a> filed yesterday with the U.S. Supreme Court. The Department says UT does not use race as an absolute deciding factor and that it comes into play in relatively few admission decisions.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Supreme Court justices will hear arguments on the case, known as <em><span style="font-family:Cambria;mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">Fisher v. University of Texas</span></em><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;"> <em><span style="font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin">at Austin</span></em> </span>in October.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes"> </span>Abigail Fisher is challenging the university&rsquo;s admission policy, <span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;mso-bidi-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;">claiming that she was denied admission to UT in 2008 because she is white.</span> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 13:35:48 +0000 Margaret Nicklas, Chip Skambis & Laura Rice 4873 at http://kut.org AM Update: DOJ Defends UT in Race Case, Win for Texas Over EPA, A&M Shooting Update UT Defends Use of Race as a Factor in Admissions http://kut.org/post/ut-defends-use-race-factor-admissions <p>The University of Texas at Austin <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/vp/irla/Documents/Brief%20for%20Respondents.pdf" target="_blank">filed a brief</a> Monday with the U.S. Supreme Court defending its use of <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/texas-case-renews-focus-race-college-admissions" target="_blank">race as a factor</a> in admissions.</p><p>An applicant to UT <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/11-345.htm" target="_blank">filed the suit</a> because she says <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/supreme-court-consider-role-race-college-admission" target="_blank">she was denied admission</a> in 2008 because she&rsquo;s white.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/news/2012/08/06/race-admissions-narrow-necessary-constitutional/" target="_blank">university says</a> race is just one of many factors considered in admissions and that its use is necessary and constitutional.</p><p>UT-Austin President Bill Powers <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uin9EgdlKAU&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">released a short video</a> discussing the case. In it, he says officials are &ldquo;confident the university will prevail.&rdquo; Tue, 07 Aug 2012 12:34:15 +0000 Laura Rice 4826 at http://kut.org UT Defends Use of Race as a Factor in Admissions SCOTUS to Hear UT Affirmative Action Case in October http://kut.org/post/scotus-hear-ut-affirmative-action-case-october <p>The U.S. Supreme Court is <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/orders/grantednotedlist.aspx?Filename=12grantednotedlist.html" target="_blank">set to hear arguments</a> in October in a case challenging the <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/texas-case-renews-focus-race-college-admissions" target="_blank">use of affirmative action</a> at the University of Texas at Austin.</p><p>Abigail Fisher <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/supreme-court-consider-role-race-college-admission" target="_blank">filed a lawsuit</a> against UT-Austin in 2008. She says she wasn&rsquo;t admitted to the university because she&rsquo;s white.</p><p>The Supreme Court will hear the case October 10. Wed, 25 Jul 2012 17:21:49 +0000 Laura Rice 4757 at http://kut.org SCOTUS to Hear UT Affirmative Action Case in October