AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court said Monday it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education.The justices said they will hear for a second time the case of a white woman who was denied admission to the university’s flagship Austin campus.The conservative-leaning federal appeals court in New Orleans has twice upheld the university’s admissions process, including in a ruling last year that followed a Supreme Court order to reconsider the woman’s case.The case began in 2008 when Abigail Fisher, who is white, was denied admission to the University of Texas’s flagship Austin campus because she did not graduate in the top 10 per cent of her high school class — the criterion for 75 per cent of the school’s admissions. The university also passed her over for a position among the remaining 25 per cent, which is reserved for special scholarships and people who meet a formula for personal achievement that includes race as a factor.Edward Blum, who helped engineer Fisher’s lawsuit, said he is encouraged by the court’s second look at the case. “The outcome of this case may bring our nation closer to the day when a student’s race and ethnicity is not a factor that a school may consider during the admissions process,” Blum said.University of Texas president Greg Fenves defended the school’s admissions policy as narrowly-tailored and constitutional. Fenves said the use of race “as one factor in an individualized, holistic admissions policy allows us to assemble a student body that brings with it the educational benefits of diversity for all students.”The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013. But rather than issue a definitive ruling on affirmative action, the justices voted 7-1 to tell a lower appeals court to take another look at Fisher’s lawsuit. That meant the university’s admissions policies remained unchanged.Last year, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals again upheld the university’s admissions policy. Fisher is a graduate of Louisiana State University.Justice Elena Kagan is not taking part in the case. She sat out the first round as well, presumably because of her work on the case when she served in the Justice Department before joining the court.The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, 14-981, will be argued in the fall.___Associated Press writer Jim Vertuno contributed to this report from Austin, Texas. Supreme Court will again hear challenge to affirmative action at University of Texas by Mark Sherman, The Associated Press Posted Jun 29, 2015 11:13 am MDT
Brock’s Equity in Post-Secondary Speakers Series wraps this week with a presentation on trans inclusion.Tai Jacob’s lecture, titled Gender Blender: Discussing Trans Inclusion in the Academy, will take place Wednesday, March 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Student Justice Centre, TH 252.A master’s student in Human Geography at McGill University, Jacob will speak about the possibilities and limits of trans inclusion on university and college campuses, what that may look like materially and structurally, and why it’s important to be critical of certain discourses on inclusion. Jacob’s talk is free to attend and open to everyone.The Equity in Post-Secondary Speakers Series took place throughout March and featured guest lecturers who inspire solutions to prioritize inclusion on university campuses.For more information on the event or for accommodation requests, contact Michelle Poirier at x6859 or email@example.comThe speakers series is in partnership with Brock University Graduate Students’ Association, BUSU Advocacy, BUSU Student Justice Centre and Brock University Faith and Life Centre.
Phil Baty, editor of the rankings, said: “It is fantastic news that the University of Oxford has topped the World University Rankings for the first time. It is a great result for the UK higher education sector and cements its position as one of the greatest university nations in the world. “However, the UK will have to watch out for Asia’s continuing ascent. Although the notion of Asia as the ‘next higher education superpower’ has become something of a cliché in recent years, the continent’s rise in the rankings is real and growing. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Rankings have been produced by the Times Higher Education The University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, also feature in the top 10, while University College London (UCL) slipped from 14th place last year, to 15th this year.Overall, the UK takes 91 of the top 980 places in the 13th annual Times Higher Education rankings; 88 of these make the top 800 compared with 78 last year.It is second only to the US for the number of world-class universities featured in the top 800. Within the top 200, the UK has 32 representatives – two less than last year. The University of Oxford has knocked the California Institute of Technology off the top spot in annual league tables, becoming the first UK institution to lead the rankings.The five-time champion, Caltech, dropped to second place, swapping places with the elite UK university, while the rest of the top 10 positions remained unchanged from last year. He continued: “[In the UK, Brexit] is already causing uncertainty for the sector. As well as some top academics reporting they have been frozen out of collaborative research projects with EU colleagues, many are admitting that they might look to relocate to a university outside the country.“The UK must ensure that it limits the damage to academics, students, universities and science during its Brexit negotiations, to ensure that the UK remains one of the world leaders in higher education.”Use our searchable table