” In a 7-1 decision that drew several liberal votes, justices directed a lower appellate court to examine more closely the University of Texas’s admissions policies that can take race into account. Though the university now faces tougher scrutiny, the decision leaves intact an earlier ruling that allows affirmative action for colleges.
“A university must make a showing that its plan is narrowly tailored to achieve the only interest that this court has approved in this context, the benefits of a student body diversity that encompasses a broad array of qualifications and characteristics of which racial or ethnic origin is but a single though important element,” Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority.
The decision sends the affirmative action challenge back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is supposed to determine “whether the university has offered…
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