Renzo wrote:Doesn't Texas have a state law/constitutional provision that forbids race-conscious decisions in college admissions?
In 1996, the Hopwood case found UT's affirmative action program unconstitutional, and after that the AG directed all state universities to only engage in race-neutral admissions policies. Grutter overruled at least part of Hopwood, though, allowing for soft-factor diversity enrollment practices (though still forbidding hard boosts). Current state law now requires state universities to accept any applicant who graduated in the top 10% of their class (which automatically admits minorities graduating at the top of minority-majority schools); besides admitting those students, the UT system applies a "holistic" application practice to other applicants that considers multiple soft factors including racial diversity, in line with Grutter. In 2008 this system was challenged but upheld under Gutter, and an appeal is now pending in the 5th Circuit.
See http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303601504575153502859094306.html for where things currently are. This is actually potentially an important case, because if it's appealed to the USSC, it would give them a shot at overturning Grutter (something I'm sure at least four of them would love to do).