Contact: Anna Núñez, ACLU of Texas, 713-942-8146 x103;

HOUSTON – The federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that the University of Texas may continue using race in the undergraduate admissions process as a method for promoting campus diversity.

The following quote can be attributed to Rebecca Robertson, Legal & Policy Director of the ACLU of Texas:

“Today’s ruling in Fisher is good news for Texas.  The simple fact is, college graduates are better prepared to serve our diverse state when the academic environment includes people from all walks of life and with different life experiences.  In ruling on Ms. Fisher’s challenge to UT’s admission policy, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted that diversity is an important educational objective. Today the Fifth Circuit held that UT’s use of race as one factor among many for admitting a small percentage of its students is a carefully tailored and necessary complement to the state’s Top Ten Percent Law that helps the University achieve that diversity.”

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