It’s a great day for equality over equity!
The supreme court reversed the affirmative action clause that allowed colleges and universities to discriminate based on race. Colleges can no longer use race as a factor or determination when deciding to enroll a student.
The Supreme Court issued a 6-3 divided ruling on a pair of challenges to affirmative action policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina, with potential implications across higher education and beyond. The court ruled against the programs – saying the majority opinion that the systems in place “lack sufficiently focused and measurable objectives warranting the use of race, unavoidably employ race in a negative manner, involve racial stereotyping and lack meaningful end points, those admissions programs cannot be reconciled with the guarantees of the Equal Protection Clause” But the court did not rule out race entirely in admission programs, adding “nothing prohibits universities from considering an applicant’s discussion of how race affected the applicant’s life, so long as that discussion is concretely tied to a quality of character or unique ability that the particular applicant can contribute to the university.