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Race & College Admissions

Published August 1, 2013 2:19 PM by Catlin Nalley
Race-based college admissions and affirmative action policies have been in the spotlight since the case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin was brought before the Supreme Court.

Abigail Fisher, 23, sued the University of Texas at Austin and its officials "alleging that the University's consideration of race in admissions violated the Equal Protection Clause," according to Supreme Court documents.

The Supreme Court ruled in a 7-1 vote that the case would be sent back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for reconsideration, USA Today reported.

"Despite the lack of a resolution on whether race-based admissions is constitutional, both sides of the case are claiming the ruling as a victory," noted USA Today.

Affirmative action supporters found the ruling encouraging because the Supreme Court did not overturn current policies while the opposition saw the decision as a chance for the lower court to reconsider its original ruling.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) joined the discussion lending its support to the University of Texas at Austin and race-based admission decisions as a whole.

"AACN joins with the larger higher education community to applaud the Supreme Court for continuing to support race-conscious admissions practices as a means to diversifying student populations," said AACN President Jane Kirschling in a recent statement. "Nursing's academic leaders have long recognized a strong connection between a culturally diverse nursing workforce and the ability to provide quality, culturally competent patient care. Achieving this goal must be a priority for the profession and requires action at the individual school level."

Where do you stand? Should race factor into the admission process?

posted by Catlin Nalley


Totally agree with the above comment. If you don't have the intellect to get into the school you should NOT be allowed to go based on color. That's ridiculous- and really if you think about it- it's a self proclaimed statement of inferiority.... "I may not be smart enough but I'm (insert color) so I should be automatically be admitted"

I certainly would not want my nursing care to come from a nurse that got through school based on her color rather than her academic ability and clinical skills...

Beth J, Pediatrics - RN August 16, 2013 11:08 AM
Ocean City NJ

The best qualified individuals should be admitted, without regard to skin color or national origin.  It's amazing that anyone would disagree with that!

Roger Clegg, nonprofit - President, Ctr for Equal Opp August 1, 2013 6:32 PM
Falls Church VA

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