Arguing for Public Opinion, Not the Justices

June 22, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court -- as soon as Thursday and almost certainly next week -- will rule on whether or how colleges and universities may consider race and ethnicity in admissions decisions. While we doubt the justices are going to change votes based on public debate, some individuals are trying to score points on the issues.

Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce on Tuesday released a new analysis that seeks to rebut claims (made during the oral arguments in the case by the late Justice Antonin Scalia) that some minority students are better off attending less selective institutions than those they might be admitted to through affirmative action. The study finds that "average" students have a better chance of graduating from selective colleges than open-admissions institutions.

Meanwhile the Texas A&M University System is circulating copies of an article in The Texas Tribune that details growing diversity in the Texas A&M student body without the consideration of race, as is the practice at the University of Texas at Austin, whose admissions system is the one before the Supreme Court.

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