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June 24, 2013—APLU President Peter McPherson released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas.
“It will take some time for us to fully process what this ruling means for our universities. However, by sending the case back to the lower court, apparently a true resolution to this matter is still to come.
“One thing is certain though: APLU and public and land-grant universities are committed to ensuring that campuses across the country are enriched by a diverse population of students, faculty and staff. All students stand to benefit when lecture halls and student centers are filled with people from a wide array of backgrounds whose life experiences give them perspectives that help shape intellectual debate and discussion. Very importantly, a diverse campus helps prepare all students for life after school in which they will interact professionally and personally with people who are different from them.
“Providing access to higher education to a very diverse student body must and will remain a core responsibility of our public universities.”
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