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"The fact that the nation's highest court decided to hear the case for a second time, that Justice Elena Kegan had recused herself from the case; and the likely swing vote would be Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has been skeptical of race-conscious admissions, did not bode well. [...] I have personally witnessed the attacks on diversity in higher education for some time. The default assumption is that an unqualified student of color 'took their spot,' rather than a slightly more qualified white student - which is precisely what the data showed happened in Fisher's case. The questioning and scrutiny actually served as motivation to achieve to my best ability, and those mentors pushed me further than I imagined I would ever go. From teaching at E.O. Smith Educational Center in the Houston Independent School District in the 1990s, to earning a doctorate at Harvard University, to presently serving as an associate professor and assistant vice president at UT-Austin, I", www.houstonchronicle.com
"Affirmative action in college admissions is alive and well, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas. A recent Texas Tribune article focused on the great strides A&M has made on diversity. Since 2003, the school has more than doubled its share of black and Hispanic students at its College Station campus, a major accomplishment considering A&M's dismal track record. What's particularly notable is that A&M achieved the gains without racial and ethnic preferences. UT had submitted 'extensive evidence' of how it had bolstered outreach to black and Hispanic students, he wrote. For A&M, intensive recruiting did make a difference, along with fully embracing the state's Top 10 Percent Rule, which grants automatic admission to high school seniors who rank at the top of their classes. The school has opened brick-and-mortar recruiting offices in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Laredo, McAllen and Corpus Christi", www.houstonchronicle.com
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