Affirmative Action : A Better Job Opportunities Or College Admissions Policy

992 Words Sep 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Affirmative action, by definition, is an action or policy favoring those who tend to suffer from discrimination, especially in relation to employment or education. Using varying instruments and policies, Affirmative Action aims to help underrepresented groups have a better job opportunities or college admissions. Generations of people have been disadvantaged by institutionalized discrimination and one way to remedy this is to place a policy that evens out the playing field. There has been numerous legal cases against affirmative action concerning college admissions, and a few have made it as far as the Supreme Court including Bakke v. Regents, Univ. of California (1978), Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), Parents Involved v. Seattle School District (2007), and most recently Fisher v. University of Texas (2013 & 2016). Abigail Fisher, the plaintiff, contested that the University of Texas at Austin violated her Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, by using race in the university 's holistic review admissions policy. However, the Supreme Court ruled that 4-3 in favor of the university. Fisher v. Texas, does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment because race is not the only factor used in UT’s admission process, which withstood strict scrutiny, by using diversity as it’s core argument.
UT Austin has two way to earn admission, the Top 10 Percent Rule and holistic review. The top 10 percent program guarantees admission to students who…

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