The University of Texas at Austin filed a response in court today to a new lawsuit challenging the university’s admissions process. President Gregory L. Fenves issued the following statement:
“The United States Supreme Court reviewed this same admissions process through eight years of litigation in the case of Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin. The Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the university’s admissions policy, affirming the university’s use of race and ethnicity as one factor in our holistic admissions process. The university believes in and will defend our admissions process, which has not changed since the ruling.
“UT’s pursuit of excellence is grounded in the university’s public mission to provide the highest quality education for every student. The educational benefits of diversity are essential to carry out that mission and prepare students to work in a competitive, global marketplace.”