Equal Opportunity

Equal opportunity means taking positive steps to end discrimination, to prevent its recurrence, and to create new opportunities that were previously denied qualified minorities and women.

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Report: Black Success in Higher Education Not Improving in California

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Campaign for College Opportunity released a report in December titled “The State of Blacks in Higher Education in California: The Persistent Opportunity Gap,” which highlights the enduring disparities between Black students and their White counterparts in California. The report reveals major discrepancies in access and attainment for Black students compared to White students in … Read More

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UT-Austin’s Admissions Policy Considered by Federal Court

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sent back to the Fifth Circuit in June by the Supreme Court, Fisher is heard again On November 13, a three-judge panel revisited Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a challenge to race-conscious admissions policies at UT-Austin. The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in June, … Read More

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Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Michigan’s Proposal 2

Thursday, October 17, 2013

On October 15, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action (companion case Schuette v. Cantrell). This case will have national consequences on whether a majority of individuals in a state can vote to politically hold back the minority. In 2006, Michigan passed Proposal 2, a ballot initiative … Read More

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Supreme Court Sends Equal Opportunity Case Back to Lower Court

Monday, June 24, 2013

In a (7-1) decision authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed that universities may consider racial and ethnic diversity as one factor among many in a carefully crafted admissions policy. Writing for the majority, Justice Kennedy wrote that “the attainment of a diverse student body…serves values beyond race alone, including enhanced classroom … Read More

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A Win in Tennessee for Equal Opportunity

Monday, March 11, 2013

The fight to protect equal opportunity in higher education marked a victory in Tennessee with the recent defeat of Senate Bill 8 (S.B. 8) in the state legislature. Tennessee State Senator Jim Summerville (R-Dickson) introduced the anti-equal opportunity bill, which was backed by Ward Connerly, a longtime opponent of equal opportunity measures. On February 27, … Read More

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