Discrimination V. Law Essay

987 WordsOct 10, 20124 Pages
Judicial System/Civil Rights and Civil Liberties The case presents a hopeful student, Abigail Fisher, that was not accepted into the University of Texas due to the Universities policies of race. Despite her good academics and school involvement, her race, being white was really the only thing that was held against her during admissions. She believes that every kind of discrimination is wrong, that it neither your race nor gender should be a factor in admissions (FairRepresentation, 2012). UT wanted/s to increase their student diversity like many other universities that have a majority of whites. The question that is raised is whether the admission policies and procedures at the University of Texas at Austin which grant preferences to students of certain races and ethnic backgrounds under their race neutral top ten percent rule violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution (Joshua P. Thompson, 2012). When the University of Texas announced in 2003 that race would become a factor in their admissions, that same year they reported their highest levels of diversity. According to U.S. News and their rankings the most diverse universities are in california and texas. UT ranks 35ths with a .64 on the diverse index. There are five other national universities in Texas that rank higher in diversity, University of Houston notably being ranked third. Student diversity is very important to a degree, college-bound students and their families who believe that studying with different/same racial and ethnic backgrounds is very important and will consider student-body when choosing a school diversity (U.S.News, 2012). The State of Texas’s Top 10 percent rule drives most of the university's admissions. Therefore like many other universities it is vital for the them to weigh many different factors when making admissions decisions about

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