UNC Study Finds Racial Diversity Of Students Beneficial In Higher Education

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A racially diverse law student body provides educational benefits for students, their institution and society, according to a 10-year multidisciplinary research study conducted by four professors, including two faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

An article on the study’s results, “Does Race Matter in Educational Diversity? A Legal and Empirical Analysis,” will be published in the summer issue of “Rutgers Race & the Law Review.” The article is available online at Social Science Research Network.

The study’s release is particularly timely since the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear arguments in the fall on Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a case involving the consideration of race in college admissions. Today, UNC filed an amicus brief in the case, one of about 10 universities expected to do so.

“The question of whether race may be considered in admissions of students to professional programs, as well as undergraduate schools, has been a subject of controversy at least since 1978 when the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case of Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, upheld limited use of race in admission decisions,” said study co-author Charles E. Daye, Henry Brandis Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law and deputy director of the UNC Center for Civil Rights. “This is an important educational, political and societal question and one that is still being raised.”

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