College Board Files Amicus Brief in Fisher v. University of Texas Admissions Case
College Board Files Amicus Brief in Fisher v. University of Texas Admissions CaseMichael Preston, Associate Director of Communications
This week, the College Board – acting on behalf of our members and through the Access & Diversity Collaborative – filed a second amicus brief in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. You can read the brief here.
Fisher v. Texas, first heard by the United States Supreme Court in 2012, is the extension of one of three cases that the Court has taken directly related to examining the admissions practices of colleges and universities (Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978); Grutter v. Bollinger (2003)). In the previous cases, the Court repeatedly emphasized a key point: that diversity on our college campuses – both racial and ethnic – is a “compelling interest” that allows limited consideration of those factors in the admissions process. Accordingly, admissions officers have been given significant discretion to consider both race and ethnicity as part of the decision process, provided there is a body of evidence supported by institutional research to support those practices.
The brief makes clear that the strength of the U.S. higher education system comes from its autonomy and that “holistic review is a common, rigorous, and data-driven process, guided by well-developed evaluation system and informed by professional judgement in undergraduate, graduate, and professional school admissions that has been sanctioned by decades of Court decisions.”
The brief is co-signed by three national professional organizations: the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
We will continue to provide updates and analysis on the case and its implications as it proceeds. Additionally, the College Board will be hosting a post-conference session at the Higher Ed Colloquium in January, and are in the process of identifying opportunities to continue to engage and inform members at the 2016 regional fora.