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College official encouraged by Supreme Court decision

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

After reviewing the Fisher vs. University of Texas affirmative action case involving a rejected white applicant who sued, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 7-1 to send it back to a lower court for a more detailed assessment of the university’s admissions policy.

While the Court did not rule on the constitutionality of the university’s admissions practices, it did affirm that diversity is an acceptable institutional priority.

“I am encouraged by the Court's decision,” said Nancy Benedict, Beloit’s vice president for enrollment services. “Over the years, we have worked hard to affirm, re-examine, and increase our efforts to build as diverse a student population at Beloit College as possible within the context of an equitable admissions process.”

Benedict added that Beloit College stands behind the statement issued by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, which can be found here.