The Irony of Fisher v. UT
This is not related to my research, but I am writing a paper and presenting on the Fisher v. The University of Texas trial. If you are not familiar with the case, Abigail Fisher was denied admission into UT in 2008, and claims it is due to her being white. For a brief background and the most updated information on the case, read this article from the Texas Tribune.
The irony is, if Fisher wins the case there will be fewer white students admitted. The Top 10% cap will be removed, and the incoming classes will virtually be all 10% students.
[side-note: I realize there is a lot of background information needed to fully understand this trial, but if you follow the links that will connect a lot of dots]
From UT’s 2013 Freshmen Admitted Students Profile, 38% of the Top 10 percent admits were white while they represented 59% of the holistic reviewed population. In fact they were the only population that increase between the two groups.
It is important to keep in mind this case is not about UT, but a national decision on race and admissions. It is also important to keep in mind this is not about Abigail Fisher. Reading the transcript of the Supreme Court hearing, her name was only use 3 times.
The hearing started again today at the 5th circuit, but we may be a long way from the finish.