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Thiboutot Talks Fisher v. U of Texas Supreme Court Case Decision With MPR

June 24, 2013

Paul Thiboutot, vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid, spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Alex Friedrich about the Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin Supreme Court ruling regarding the use of race in admissions practices and affirmative action. A ruling in a 2003 case involving the University of Michigan Law School, Grutter v. Bollinger, has shaped how colleges and universities conduct admissions decisions in regards to race. Thiboutot told Friedrich that Carleton adjusted its admissions procedures along the lines demanded by the Grutter case and has since “sought diversity along broad socioeconomic lines in the student body, and through that effort continued bringing in a racial diversity as well.” He also referred to the holistic approach, saying, “We do not isolate out any of our applicants by racial grouping since 2003.” Since 2003, he said, “we have been proceeding along lines of bolstering any arguments we can make for the value of diversity in the student body and the educational experience. … I don’t see this as a change for us.” The U.S. Supreme Court sent Fisher back to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, stating that the appeals court did not test the Texas plan under the most exacting level of judicial review.