audio_analysisFor decades, conservatives have been working to eliminate programs designed to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in higher education, and the latest challenge has been brought regarding the admissions practices at the University of Texas at Austin.

The majority of the student body of the university is admitted pursuant to the state’s Top Eight Percent Plan, which automatically admits the top eight percent of students graduating from every Texas high school. About 85 percent of places at the university are filled this way.

However, following the Supreme Court’s 2003 decisions in Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger, the university designed its admissions program to allow race to be taken into account as a factor in deciding admission for the remaining 15 percent of the open slots.