March 31st, 2010
05:55 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Race-based admissions a good idea at public colleges?

 Two students say the admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin violated the federal civil rights law.
Two students say the admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin violated the federal civil rights law.

The White House is backing a race-based admissions policy at one public university.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to uphold the system at the University of Texas at Austin.

The case was brought by two white students who were rejected for admission at the Austin campus. 75 percent of students are admitted on academic grounds if they rank in the top 10% of their high school class... but the rest are admitted through a so-called "holistic" evaluation that takes factors like race or ethnic identity into account.

These white students say the admissions policy violated the federal civil rights law. So far, a district judge has rejected their claim... but it's possible this thing could wind up before the Supreme Court.

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