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Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on the U.S. Supreme Court hearing regarding the Texas admissions case that exposes gaps in the affirmative-action law. As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin, it became evident that the court's past rulings on such policies have failed to…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Minority Groups, Minority Group Students, Race
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The author reports on the ruling of a divided appellate court that held that the state law unconstitutionally made it harder for minorities to seek preferences than for other groups. The court struck down a voter-passed ban on the use of race-conscious admissions by Michigan's public colleges, holding that the measure had unconstitutionally put…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Constitutional Law, State Legislation
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2012
The Supreme Court's members generally are too decorous to exclaim "I told you so." But U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy stands perched on the edge of an I-told-you-so moment, thanks to the court's decision to take up a challenge to a race-conscious college-admission policy that poses some of the same questions he had accused…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Law Schools, Colleges, Higher Education
Schmidt, Peter – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2008
Born out of one legal battle over affirmative action, the Texas college-admissions policy known as the "top 10 percent plan" is now at the center of another. The University of Texas at Austin is being challenged in U.S. District Court over its 2004 decision to return to using race-conscious admissions criteria after years without them.…
Descriptors: Class Rank, Public Colleges, Courts, Affirmative Action