Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education, airing Thursday, May 30th at 9 pm and Sunday, June 2, at 1:30 pm, takes an in-depth look at the debate over how universities choose their students.
For many schools, race is a factor in that process – a “plus” that can help determine who is admitted, and who is rejected. A Supreme Court case called Fisher v Texas could soon end the use of race in admissions nationwide. Understanding that issue means understanding the admissions process, and the history behind it. The story begins in 1946, when The University of Texas was closed to African-Americans. It continues in the 1990s, when the use of race was banned, and into the past decade, when it returned. The documentary also looks to the future, where lessons learned at The University of Texas could serve as a model for race-blind admissions nationwide.
Hear from activists, lawyers, university leaders, students, admissions officials and people who fought segregation. They discuss what diversity means, whether it matters, and how we should – and shouldn’t – be able to seek it.