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In Supreme Court case, university defends race-based policy giving middle-class minorities an edge

In Supreme Court case, university defends race-based policy giving middle-class minorities an edge

With the constitutionality of race-based affirmative action hanging by a thread at the Supreme Court, University of Texas officials are struggling to explain a policy that gives an extra edge to Latino and African American students from middle-class households and top-performing high schools.

It is called “qualitative diversity,” and premiere state universities, including the University of California, insist such policies are vital to preserving academic standards and combating stereotypes about minorities.

The case of Fisher vs. University of Texas began six years ago when a rejected white student complained about the role race played in deciding who was...

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