Linda Greenhouse’s thoughtful and well-reasoned article shines a light on the strong opinion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding the consideration of race as one factor in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin.
As she notes, the freedom of higher education institutions to consider race and ethnicity in seeking to achieve diversity on campus may well continue to be targeted by some. The importance of this ruling is that while the Texas situation may be unique, other schools can learn from Texas’s careful and narrowly tailored consideration of race as part of a holistic admissions review.
The Supreme Court has already affirmed that diversity in higher education remains an essential national priority. This appeals court ruling gives all colleges and universities a path forward in seeking to afford all of our citizens the benefit of quality education.