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Supreme Court hears affirmative action case involving U. of Texas

The Supreme Court heard arguments this month for a case involving a white student alleging unconstitutional racial bias against the University of Texas in its admissions policy.

As part of that policy, the university automatically accepts all students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. For those who don’t meet that threshold, the institution considers applications based on grades and other factors including an applicants’ race, community service and work experience. 

While supporters of the admissions guidelines—which don’t include quotas—argue that they create a necessary diverse atmosphere at the university, opponents argue that any consideration of race is discriminatory.

The court’s decision, which is expected by late June 2013, could have major ramifications in academic admissions across the U.S.