US Supreme Court blocks affirmative action in admissions

From Times Higher Education: “The nation’s top court voted 6-2 and 6-3 against race-based considerations in cases from Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. … ‘At the same time, 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,’ they write. … That distinction was seen as important for many in US higher education, who were resigned to the court’s decision but hoped the justices would still allow admissions officers to find other ways of taking race-based experiences into account in their acceptance decisions.”

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