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Judge Dismisses Affirmative Action Suit Against U of Texas

July 27, 2021

A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Students for Fair Admissions, a group that opposes affirmative action, against the University of Texas at Austin. The suit challenged the university's affirmative action policies, but the judge found that the suit was too similar to a past suit against UT Austin. The university won that suit at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016.

Edward Blum of SFFA said the group would appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

David Hinojosa, director of the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said, "For years, the race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin has helped to advance racial diversity and make certain that underrepresented students of color are not overlooked when applying for admission. This ruling is a key victory not just for the policy, but also for advancing diversity in higher education in Texas and affirmative action overall."

Students for Fair Admissions also is appealing -- to the U.S. Supreme Court -- a loss to Harvard University over affirmative action. The Supreme Court is expected to say this fall whether it will hear the appeal.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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