June 23, 2016

'Fisher' in Context: Making Sense of the Decision

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The Supreme Court's latest ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin put an end to one of the most closely watched legal fights in higher education. The court upheld the Austin campus's race-conscious admissions policy, but said that the university has an "ongoing obligation to engage in constant deliberation and continued reflection regarding its admissions policies."

So there's still much to say about the future of race in admissions. Here, from The Chronicle's archives, is a collection of articles that puts Fisher in a broader campus context.

Shifts in economics and student demographics, along with resurgent activism, have altered the tenor of the discussion about affirmative action over the past eight years.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of the University of Texas both fleshes out how colleges can stay out of legal trouble and blunts some of the weapons used to attack affirmative action.

The University of Texas at Austin is not off the hook, even though its holistic process is legal, the majority ruled. But this was not a sweeping affirmation of affirmative action.

The Fisher II decision signals, in a time of deep unrest, that race matters.

The Supreme Court has struck a delicate balance between judicial review and the deference due to educational judgments informed by evidence. Colleges can learn from that.

The justices’ ruling puts an apparent end to one of the most closely watched cases in higher education, though the fight over colleges’ consideration of race is likely to continue.

More admissions deans plan for a day when they must don blindfolds and admit a class without considering race.

In an era of innovation, higher education clings to an age-old system fueled by debatable metrics.

A case involving affirmative action at the University of Texas gives the justices a chance to further limit colleges’ efforts to meet rising student demands for more diversity.

In hearing a challenge to race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin, the justices are likely to focus on applying established limits on such policies, not scrapping them.

The case is echoing across the University of Texas's flagship, and for some students, it's personal.

One expert offers suggestions for admissions officials who wonder how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule in a key affirmative-action case.

Even in states with bans on affirmative action, admissions offices at public colleges anxiously awaited a ruling on race-conscious admissions.

The Supreme Court's 7-to-1 decision in an affirmative-action case involving the University of Texas at Austin featured four separate opinions.