The University of Michigan on Monday filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the University of Texas at Austin in a case challenging the use of race in its admission process.
While the outcome of the case at the Supreme Court will have no direct impact on U-M — because of the state of Michigan’s constitutional ban on the use of race in college admissions — the “limited consideration of race, as one factor among many in a holistic and individualized admissions program, is necessary to attain the educational benefits of student-body diversity,” according to General Counsel Timothy G. Lynch, an author of the brief.
The brief was filed in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which the nation’s high court is scheduled to hear Dec. 9. The case is back at the Supreme Court after justices ruled in 2013 that a lower court was too deferential in accepting Texas’s arguments in favor of considering race in its admission process.
The U-M brief explains that “informed by decades of research and teaching experience, the University of Michigan is firmly convinced of the educational benefits of racial diversity as one component of a broadly diverse student body.”
Additionally, the university asserts that “public universities have a special role and responsibility … because they receive public funding and represent the training ground for a large number of our nation’s leaders.”