Today, in a case closely watched on university campuses, the U.S. Supreme Court returned to a lower court a case on the admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin, to determine whether or not the university's policy was narrowly tailored to achieve the compelling government interest of diversity, having found that the lower courts initially failed to apply the appropriate standard of review of that policy. This decision has effectively left intact the precedent that diversity can be a compelling government interest.
We believe that UIC's admissions practices are compliant with the Supreme Court's decisions in the 2003 University of Michigan decision (Grutter v. Bollinger), as well as the Court's 1978 Bakke decision (Regents of the University of California v. Bakke). UIC is one of the nation's most diverse campuses and has no racial majority in its student body. Diversity is defined in a broad way, as the totality of the ways that people are similar and different. We continually explore new ways to foster success for all students in light of these similarities and differences.
Through its multi-year inclusive Diversity Strategic Thinking and Planning process, UIC has deeply examined how the campus is defined by and benefits from its diversity. UIC continues to serve students with a firm commitment to inclusion, access, and equity.
In summary, we have been among the nation's most diverse campuses for many years, and we will continue to advance our commitment to diversity.
John Corbally Presidential Professor
Lon S. Kaufman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost
Interim Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity