As an Asian-American, as a mother, and as a graduate of the University of Texas, I urge the Supreme Court to uphold the school's affirmative-action policy.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case about the use of race as a factor in undergraduate admissions at the University of Texas (Austin).
I'm proud that the University of Texas has taken a prominent role in the advancement of opportunity in college admissions.
In 1996, a judge struck down an earlier admission policy that made use of race, leading to a serious drop in minority enrollment at the university. This prompted the state to enact the "top 10 percent law," which required every Texas state university to automatically admit a student who finished in the top 10 percent of the class in a Texas high school. Still in effect today, the law accounts for the majority of student admissions each year and plays a significant role in supporting the school's diversity initiatives.
After the Supreme Court ruled in support of the use of race as one of the factors in helping to achieve racial diversity in the University of Michigan Grutter v Bollinger case in 2003, the University of Texas adopted the admissions plan now at issue. Under this plan, there was a renewed use of race as one of the factors in its admissions policy with the added goal of diversity within major academic fields. The plan vaulted the university into sixth place nationally in producing undergraduate degrees for students of color.