Following is a statement from University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers regarding today's Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The ruling relates to the use of ethnicity as one factor in determining college admissions.
"We're encouraged by the Supreme Court's ruling in this case.
We will continue to defend the University's admission policy on remand in the lower court under the strict standards that the Court first articulated in the Bakke case, reaffirmed in the Grutter case, and laid out again today. We believe the University's policy fully satisfies those standards.
We remain committed to assembling a student body at The University of Texas at Austin that provides the educational benefits of diversity on campus while respecting the rights of all students and acting within the constitutional framework established by the Court.
Today's ruling will have no impact on admissions decisions we have already made or any immediate impact on our holistic admissions policies."
President Bill Powers, Admissions Director and Vice Provost Kedra Ishop, and Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Greg Vincent will have a press conference at 2 p.m. today in the Main Building on the University of Texas at Austin campus in Room 212.
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UT Austin President Bill Powers (photo credit: UT Austin)
President Powers at Supreme Court (photo credit: Paul Fetters)
UT Tower (photo credit: Marsha Miller/UT Austin)
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