Dear faculty, staff and students,
The U.S. Supreme Court rendered an important decision Monday (6/24) on the Fisher v. University of Texas case, challenging the consideration of race as a factor in the institution’s undergraduate admissions process.
Though the case is being returned to a lower court for future consideration, the outcome is arguably the most important for higher education since Grutter v. Bollinger was decided in 2003. That ruling allowed the University of Michigan Law School to consider race in its admissions process to achieve student diversity.
Based on Ohio State’s own careful review of the ruling, I am pleased to report that the Supreme Court, in a 7-1 vote, has reaffirmed that achieving the educational benefits of student body diversity is a compelling interest for institutions of higher education across the country.
Diversity is a strategic pillar of our university, one that fosters intellectual and social growth and serves as our foundation for building a global learning environment for our students.
Over the course of time, we have established processes and strategies that support our commitment to creating a diverse student body. Moving forward, we will continue to conduct comprehensive reviews of our efforts, building on our broad range of strategies and, so, fulfilling our responsibility as a land-grant university to provide the broadest possible opportunities for student access and achievement.
I wish to thank and applaud our many faculty, administrators and staff members who work proactively and collaboratively to support our students and help guide them to success. I also want to acknowledge those who, for the past several months, have been evaluating legal outcome scenarios and the potential impact of this decision on our university.
We will continue our review of the Fisher v. Texas opinion and will keep you informed.
Joseph Alutto, Executive Vice President and Provost