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U.S. Supreme Court affirmative action ruling would have little impact in Oklahoma, officials say

Although Fisher v. Texas is one of the most highly anticipated and controversial cases to come before the court this year, it's expected to have minimal impact at Oklahoma's public colleges and universities, where a student's race isn't a factor in admissions.
by Silas Allen Modified: October 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012

No matter how the court decides, University of Oklahoma officials don't expect the decision to have any impact on the university, said OU spokeswoman Catherine Bishop.

OU recently adopted a holistic admissions policy that allows the university to admit students who might have been rejected under the university's automatic admissions requirements. That new policy includes a range of admissions considerations that weren't included in the old system, but the applicant's race isn't among them.

The new system is designed to take into account a student's work ethic and academic potential as well as high school grades and scores on college entrance exams.

Likewise, Oklahoma State University officials don't look at applicants' race when deciding whom to admit. OSU spokesman Gary Shutt said the university doesn't expect any impact from the decision.

“While we work hard to diversify our student body, we do not take race into account for admissions,” he said. “It is not a criteria.”


Associated Press

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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