The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled in favor of the University of Texas at Austin with respect to its race-conscious admission policy, officially ending one of the most closely watched cases in the history of higher education.
In doing so, the court effectively granted colleges the right to use one’s ethnicity as a factor in admitting or rejecting a prospective student’s quest for admission. This ruling is, however, unlikely to prevent further court battles over raced-based admission, In fact, The Project on Fair Representation, the group that had supported the plaintiff in the U.T. case, had already filed similar federal lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. Most certainly, however, this ruling weakens the chances of plaintiffs prevailing in these other cases.