Affirmative action ruling seen spurring suits against colleges

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action may force universities to re-examine their admissions policies and face waves of litigation about race-based admission.

In a 7-1 ruling yesterday, the justices ordered a federal appeals court to scrutinize again the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative-action program. While leaving intact a 2003 decision that reaffirmed the right of colleges to use race in admissions, the majority told the lower court to rule on whether the school had exhausted “race-neutral alternatives.”

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