College Admissions and Race

Should some college admissions still be decided on race?
2:05 | 06/24/13

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Also in washington, another decision from the supreme court that reaches into the heart of american life. Here's the question. In 2013, should colleges be allowed to consider race as a factor in admitting students to ensure diversity on campus? Abc's terry moran has more. Reporter: It all came down to one student, one young woman who didn't get into the college she wanted and decided to fight back. In 2008, abigail fisher was rejected for admission by the university of texas, even though some students with lower test skpors and grades got in ahead of her, five of those students were black. 42 were white. But fisher and her lawyers argued that she was blocked because she was white, and they sued. Today the supreme court sent the case back to the lower courts, for more careful scrutiny of the university's policy. Thus postponing the real day of reckoning for firmative action. Justice kennedy writing for a 7-1 majority did raise the bar for schools, writing that any racial policies must be a last resort and university officials must prove there are no workable race-neutral alternatives to achieving a diverse student population. Today abigail fisher declared victory. They gave us everything that we asked for. And I'm very confident that ut won't be able to use race in the future. So what does this all mean? It means more lawsuits, probably. More abigail fishers. College fishes are going to have to scramble to show they're considering other factors about students. Socio-economic backgrounds, family backgrounds, that kind of stuff, before they look at race. So if for those of us who are with kids, applying to college, firmative action is still in place, but no question this battle will continue and get back here to the supreme court in the next few years. And abigail fisher, she graduated from lsu this year. All right, terry. Thank you. Of course more big decisions from the court to come.

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