The Supreme Court agreed this week to decide whether race-conscious admissions programs at the University of North Carolina are lawful, raising serious doubts about the future of affirmative action in higher education. In a statement released by UNC, the University states, “As the nation’s first public university, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has dedicated over 225 years to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and service to the people of North Carolina.
We prepare students to become the next generation of leaders and enhance the quality of life for all North Carolinians. Students, faculty, and business leaders who hire hundreds of our graduates each year say the strength of a Carolina education lies in the diversity of experiences among our student body.
Now, a group from outside North Carolina dedicated to eliminating any consideration of race in U.S. college admissions threatens academic excellence at the University and challenges our educational mission to create a diverse community of talented students from varied backgrounds and different perspectives.”