In this June 20, 2016, photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The eight-justice court has eight cases to resolve in the waning days of a trying and mournful term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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The U.S. Supreme Court Thursday upheld the practice of considering race in college admissions, rejecting a white woman's challenge to a University of Texas affirmative action program designed to boost the enrollment of minority students.The court, in a 4-3 ruling written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, decided in favor of the university in turning aside the conservative challenge to the policy, meaning a 2014 appeals court ruling that backed the admissions program was left intact.Kennedy said that "considerable deference" is owed to universities when they are seeking to determine student diversity.University officials contend that having a sizable number of minorities enrolled exposes students to varied perspectives and enhances the educational experience for all students.President Barack Obama's administration backed the university in the dispute.The university admits most freshmen through a program that guarantees admission to students in the top 10 percent of their Texas high school graduating classes. The high court had considered Fisher's case once before.
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