Davidson College has joined 36 other private, highly selective residential colleges and universities nationwide in a "friend of the court" brief concerning the right of colleges to consider race in admission decisions.
The brief has been prepared in reaction to the suit "Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin" which the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear this fall. Abigail Noel Fisher is asking the court to overrule its decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, in which the court upheld the University of Michigan Law School's use of race as a plus factor in making admission decisions. Ms. Fisher alleges that she was denied admission at UT Austin, while less qualified students were admitted because of their race.
The colleges note that race is just one factor among many in their intentional efforts to achieve the laudable goal of assembling diverse student bodies, and that the Fisher suit should be denied because it would confound that effort. The schools argue that they offer students "a rich, deep training in diverse subject matters" that includes four years of association with classmates from different backgrounds, experiences and viewpoints.
The full text of the brief is available as a PDF document here. (PDF)