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Connecticut, Other States Defend Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court is hearing a case that could have ramifications on how colleges accept applicants.

Connecticut, along with 13 other states, joined a coalition urging the U.S. Supreme Court to continue to allow universities to consider an applicant’s race when determining college admissions.

The Supreme Court is hearing case in October involving the University of Texas at Austin. The school is being sued by a white student not admitted to the college.

“For years, public universities have been permitted, under multiple landmark Supreme Court decisions, to take applicants’ race and ethnicity into account as one of many factors in individualized, holistic admissions decisions,” said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who leads the coalition of states.

He added, “To protect the academic freedom of public institutions of higher learning and to allow them to achieve the full educational benefits of diversity, the Court should stand its ground against efforts to roll back these precedents.”

The brief filed by the coalition argues, “that the states have a compelling interest in achieving the educational benefits of diversity, and that the Constitution permits them to consider race as one factor among many in developing admissions policies.”

In addition to New York and Connecticut, the group includes Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Milan Moravec August 16, 2012 at 02:29 AM
The more non-Californians admitted to University of California the fewer residents can be. Fall admit rate for residents drops to record low 18%. There was a 43 percent jump in the number of affluent foreign and affluent out-of-state students by public University of California Berkeley. Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($450.000), Provost Breslauer ($306,000) shed thousands of eligible instate applicants. Residents are replaced by a $50,600 payment from born abroad affluent foreign and affluent out of state students. And, Birgeneau subsidizes affluent foreign and affluent out of state tuition in the guise of diversity while he doubles (Harvard College now less costly than Cal.) resident tuition. Birgeneau/Breslauer accept $50,600 tuition to displace California residents (When depreciation of tax funded assets, infrastructure are included (as they should be), out of state and foreign tuition is more than $100,000 and does NOT subsidize resident tuition. With the influence of Chancellor Birgeneau, Provost George Breslauer deployed excessive force by campus police - rammed baton jabs - on students protesting Chancellor’s doubling of resident tuition. Sack (honorably retire) Provost Breslauer; Birgeneau resigned. Email a message to Cal. self-serving senior management: UC Board of Regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu and Calif. State Senators and Assemblymembers.

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