Affirmative Action and Race-Conscious Admissions
On June 29, 2023, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard College and the University of North Carolina violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment in Students for Fair Admissions v. President & Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions vs. University of North Carolina.
- Read CASE’s statement on the decision.
- Read the decision itself.
- View amicus brief in support of the respondents submitted by the American Council on Education and joined by CASE and 37 other higher education associations.
CASE Position on Racial Justice (from 2023 U.S. Legislative Agenda)
CASE supports policies that affirm and promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at educational institutions, and strongly opposes legislative and regulatory proposals that are hostile to combating racism and discrimination in education.
Resources on the Decision
- At the upcoming CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement, July 16-18, in New York, New York, U.S., we are holding a session titled, “U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action: What Now and What’s Next?” A panel of experts will discuss the ruling and its implications for institutions and advancement professionals. Open to Summit registrants.
- Our Advancement Resource Catalog collection of articles about affirmative action and recent decision, curated by the CASE Library.
- You can access the recording of a CASE webinar held earlier this month on preparing for the Supreme Court's ruling. (Note: The webinar is free to members and the member discount will be applied at checkout.)
- For independent schools: The decision also has implications for independent schools, particularly in how they will advise students to apply for colleges and universities. The National Association of Independent Schools and the Enrollment Management Association are holding a webinar titled, “The Supreme Court’s Ruling on Affirmative Action: What’s Next for Independent Schools.” The webinar takes place on Wednesday, July 12, at 1 p.m. (ET).