Race-conscious university admission policies to face Supreme Court review

The Supreme Court announced Monday it will once again consider whether universities may consider the race of applicants when attempting to build diverse student bodies, an ominous development for those who say there is a continuing need for affirmative action in higher education.

The court said it would examine the admissions policies at Harvard and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, most probably in the term that begins October. Lower courts found both complied with Supreme Court precedents that said race may be used as one factor universities can consider in a wide-ranging evaluation of applicants.

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