Although the upcoming Supreme Court case on the University of Texas’ race-conscious admissions policy will be largely irrelevant in the Golden State, the University of California and others have filed briefs to emphasize that if the nation goes the way of California, then diversity – and the educational benefits that come with it – will suffer.
The UC president and chancellors, the state of California, the California Institute of Technology and a group of student organizations at UC campuses are among at least 69 organizations that have filed amicus – or friend of the court – briefs in support of the University of Texas at Austin.
At least 15 groups filed amicus briefs in support of Abigail Fisher, who filed the original lawsuit against University of Texas after she was denied undergraduate admission in 2008.
The University of Texas admits the bulk of its undergraduates through a state law that guarantees the top 10 percent of graduates at each Texas high school a spot in a state university. In 2008, when Fisher applied, 81 percent of in-state students enrolled were admitted under the 10 percent law. Fisher did not make that cut.
The university admits the remaining students through a review process that considers race as one of several factors that contribute to a student’s personal achievement score. Fisher was denied admission under that review.