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PANEL DISCUSSION: Fisher v. University of Texas

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The Forum for the Future of Public Education and the Higher Education Collaborative
42A Education Building
Mar 25, 2013   2:00 - 3:30 pm  
Drs. Anderson, Dixson, Poon, and Trent
Lorenzo Baber
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During this event, panelists will discuss "Fisher v. University of Texas: Implications for Race-Consensus Policies in Higher Education." The United States Supreme Court is expected to announce a ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas later this year. In 2008, the University of Texas at Austin denied Abigail Fisher admission to its undergraduate class of 2012. Ms. Fisher alleges that the university’s use of race as a factor in the admissions process violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. The University of Texas contends that their holistic admissions process, which considers race as one factor in an individualized admissions decision, meets the guidelines established by the Supreme Court in their 2003 decision on Grutter v. Bollinger. Join the panelists for a discussion of this case and its potential implications for race-conscious policies in higher education.

Panelists are: James D. Anderson, professor; Adrienne Dixson, associate professor; and William Trent, professor; all from the College of Education's Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership (EPOL); and OiYan A. Poon, assistant professor, Higher Education, Loyola University at Chicago. Moderators are assistant professors Lorenzo D. Baber and Jennifer Delaney, also from EPOL.

This event is sponsored by the Forum for the Future of Public Education and the Higher Education Collaborative and it is supported by the Timpone Family Fund.


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