CAPAC on Fisher v. University of Texas Supreme Court Decision

Jun 23, 2016 Issues: Education

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court released a 4-3 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin in favor of the University of Texas at Austin’s ability to consider race in the holistic review of an applicant in the higher education admissions process. Leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:

Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27), CAPAC Chair:

“Today’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas upholds the use of race as one of many factors that colleges and universities may consider in their admissions policies.

“CAPAC Members support transparency, opportunity for all, and diversity in the higher education admissions process, and believe that all students should have access to a quality education. I was pleased that the Supreme Court found there was no evidence of discrimination against Asian American applicants in the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions process. 

“Admissions policies like the ones used by the University of Texas, in which race is one of many factors, help to level the playing field. This is especially significant for certain Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, especially those from the Southeast Asian community, where 40% of Hmong, 38% of Laotian, and 35% of Cambodian Americans do not complete high school let alone attain a college degree.  This is also true for many in the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community, where 47% of Guamanians, 50% of Native Hawaiians, 54% of Tongans, and 58% of Samoans who enter college leave without earning a degree. These educational disparities show us why it is important to expand opportunities to higher education and promote diverse learning environments that help AAPIs and other students of color to succeed.”

Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17), CAPAC Chair Emeritus:

“I am pleased that the Supreme Court found today that the University of Texas affirmative action policies are constitutional. As a teacher, principal, and educator of over 20 years, I know firsthand the benefits of increased diversity in the classroom. Race-conscious policies, when they are considered as one factor in a holistic process, enrich the quality of our higher education institutions. When access to college has such a profound effect on an individual’s opportunities in life, it is our duty to ensure equitable access to all of our youth. I will continue to fight so each and every student has a fair opportunity at a college education and to increase public investment in our students and our future.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.