5th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds University of Texas Diversity Plan, Rules Race Acceptable Admissions Factor

Source: MAYA SRIKRISHNAN/LA Times

The University of Texas can consider race in undergraduate admissions to promote diversity, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. Acting in a lawsuit that the U.S. Supreme Court had sent back last year, Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote that considering race boosted the university’s efforts to assemble a diverse student body.

“Universities may use race as part of a holistic admissions program where it cannot otherwise achieve diversity,” Higginbotham wrote. “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.”

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