News Release from AASCU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2013-06-24

Contact: Susan Chilcott (202) 478.4661

AASCU RESPONDS TO FISHER V. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN RULING

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) President Dr. Muriel Howard issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin:

“AASCU is analyzing today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. The University of Texas at Austin. Public colleges and universities will continue to pursue diversity in accordance with the established legal framework. AASCU institutions serve more than one half of minority students attending public, four-year institutions of higher education. Of our nearly 420 institutional and system members, 62 have minority students comprising at least half of their student population.

“State college and university leaders understand that the college experience is enriched through interactions and exchanges of students, faculty and staff from a wide array of social, cultural and economic backgrounds. We value diversity and remain committed to our mission of providing access to high-quality, affordable college opportunities.”

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AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.