SCOTUS will be hearing two huge affirmative action cases on October 31: Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard and Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina. At issue are two main questions:
- Whether the Supreme Court should overrule Grutter v. Bollinger and hold that institutions of higher education cannot use race as a factor in admissions
- whether a university can reject a race-neutral alternative because it would change the composition of the student body without proving that the alternative would cause a dramatic sacrifice in academic quality or the educational benefits of overall student-body diversity.
Grutter v. Bollinger was a SCOTUS case on affirmative action in student admissions. The Court held that a student admissions process that favors “underrepresented minority groups” does not violate the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause so long as it takes into account other factors evaluated on an individual basis for every applicant.
In other words, this allows colleges to reject more qualified Asian and white candidates in favor of less qualified black candidates. It’s about time that we get rid of racial preferences in college admissions.