In a 4-3 decision, the United States Supreme Court held in Fisher v. University of Texas, that universities can continue to consider using race as one factor among many to help ensure a diverse student body.  At the University of Texas, most Texas applicants were admitted through a process that guaranteed admission to the top students from all Texas high schools.  Abigail Fisher, a white student, challenged another part of the admissions process where remaining students from Texas and other states were considered for admission under standards that took into account things such as academic achievement, race, and ethnicity.  Fisher argued that she was denied admission based on race and eventually graduated from Louisiana State University.  Justice Kennedy, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor, wrote the majority opinion while Justices Alito, Roberts, and Thomas dissented. Justice Kagan was recused from the case because she previously worked on it as solicitor general.  The University of Texas decision left intact the court’s 2003 decision, Grutter v. Bollinger, which held that it was permissible to take into account race as one of many factors to ensure educational diversity.  President Obama praised the University of Texas decision stating: “I’m pleased that the Supreme Court upheld the basic notion that diversity is an important value in our society.  We are not a country that guarantees equal outcomes, but we do strive to provide an equal shot to everybody.”  For a link to the article click here