Monday, September 03, 2018

Supremes Uphold Affirmative Action At UT

Supremes uphold affirmative action program at UT.
Here's a comment I found informative:
For those who are troubled by this decision, I suggest you read the Supreme Court's opinion. Once you actually read about the process that UT uses to admit students, I really can't imagine that you would still be upset. Fisher was not eligible for automatic admission because she was not in the top ten per cent of her class. At that point, she went into a pool of applicants who were considered for provisional admission. The records of these applicants were viewed holistically, with grades, SAT scores, extracurricular activities, socio-economic status, and yes, race, among the factors taken into consideration. To repeat, race is only one factor of many. Of those who were admitted under this holistic review, the university offered admission to 47 students who had lower scores than Fisher. Of those 47 students, 42 were white and five were black or Hispanic. Five. Among those 42 white students, some had lower scores than Fisher. Of course, she wasn't challenging the admission of the 42 white students. The argument that she was denied admission solely based on race is too reductive. The UT admissions process is far more complex and nuanced than that. But don't take my word for it: read the opinion.


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