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University of Texas at Austin President Responds to Supreme Court Ruling

Read a statement from The University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves on today’s court ruling in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas.

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Following is a statement from University of Texas at Austin President Gregory L. Fenves regarding today’s Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The ruling relates to the use of race and ethnicity as one factor in determining college admissions.

This morning, the United States Supreme Court ruled in our favor in the case of Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin, affirming the university’s right to continue using race and ethnicity as one factor in our holistic admissions process.

I am thrilled and gratified by today’s ruling that recognizes the constitutionality of the university’s admissions policy. The court has affirmed UT’s efforts to develop a diverse student body that brings with it educational benefits for all students. Our pursuit of excellence is grounded in the university’s public mission to provide the highest quality education for every student. Diversity is essential to carry out that mission. The educational benefits of diversity for all students enhance The University of Texas at Austin, the higher education community, and the nation.

As I said when the Supreme Court reviewed this case last December, race continues to matter in American life. It affects individuals and communities. We must make sure all of our students are able to excel in the wider world when they leave campus — educating them in an environment as diverse as the United States is one of the most effective ways to do so.”


Media Resources: 

Video of press availability with UT Austin Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Gregory J. Vincent

Photos for download:

UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves (Photo credit: Marsha Miller/UT Austin) 

UT Tower (Photo credit: Marsha Miller/UT Austin) 

UT Tower Horizontal (Photo credit: Marsha Miller/UT Austin)


Related Resources: 

For more information about the court case, visit: Legal Affairs: Fisher v. Texas

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