July 15, 2014

Court rules for UT Austin in Fisher case

Commencement 2013 Saturday evening

This afternoon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit announced its decision in the case of Fisher vs. the University of Texas at Austin, which had been remanded to the Fifth Circuit by the Supreme Court last summer. In a 2-1 decision, the Fifth Circuit found in favor of UT Austin. I am very gratified that the Court’s ruling recognizes the constitutionality of the University’s admission policy under the Supreme Court’s recent guidance.

In its decision, the majority wrote, “It is equally settled that universities may use race as part of a holistic admissions program where it cannot otherwise achieve diversity.” The court continued, “This interest is compelled by the reality that university education is more the shaping of lives than the filling of heads with facts — the classic assertion of the humanities.”

We remain committed to assembling a student body at The University of Texas at Austin that brings with it the educational benefits of diversity while respecting the rights of all students. This ruling ensures that our campus, our state, and the entire nation will benefit from the exchange of ideas and thoughts that happens when students who are diverse in all regards come together in the classroom, at campus events, and in all aspects of campus life.

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6 Responses to “Court rules for UT Austin in Fisher case”

  1. M says:

    Disappointed in U T about this. I used to love my school, but not right now. Don’t bother asking me for donations now. I can’t support a school that doesn’t value hard work and achievement over checking boxes. So much for fairness.

  2. Virgil Moore says:

    Dr. Bill Powers – You rock! Wish we could have you around for ten more years!
    Virgil Moore, Texas Exes Life Member

  3. Randolph Curson says:

    I am ashamed to have two degrees from UT. There should be equality in admissions, period. Why should other than whites be given preferential treatment? There is an anti white bias here here, led by the administration. Good riddance to them all. Quit calling me for donations.

  4. Jim Mitchell says:

    I am ashamed to be a graduate of a University thay uses race as an admissions policy, excluding more qualified students.

  5. Texas ExPat UT83 says:

    UT will see not one dime of mine while it continues to discriminate based on race.

    Texas ExPat
    BBA ’83, JD ’88

  6. Brad says:

    Great lets reward minorities for being minorities. And we wonder why our country is going down the drain.

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