High Court Sends Back Texas Race-Based Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court has sent a Texas case on race-based college admissions back to a lower court.

The high court's 7-1 decision Monday leaves unsettled many of the basic questions about the continued use of race as a factor in college admissions.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court, said a federal appeals court needs to subject the University of Texas admission plan to the highest level of judicial scrutiny. The compromise ruling throws out the decision by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the UT Texas admission plan.

A white student - Abigail Fisher - sued UT after she was denied a spot in 2008. She has since received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas President Bill Powers said Monday's Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in higher education will have no impact on the schools' admissions policy.

Texas was sued by a white student who was denied admission and the school had been waiting for a landmark decision on affirmative action. But the Supreme Court instead told a lower appeals court to take another look at Abigail Fisher's lawsuit.

Powers said the school is encouraged by the ruling and that its admissions policy follows standards already set by the high court 10 years ago. He says the school will continue to defend its use of race as a factor in some admissions and remains committed to diversity.

Texas admits most of its students under the state Top 10 percent law.

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