Harvard University Defends Use of Race in Admissions After Supreme Court Ruling

Harvard University has responded to the Supreme Court's ruling that the university's admissions system was unconstitutional by stating that diversity and difference are essential to academic excellence.

The university plans to comply with the decision and has indicated that it can still account for race in admissions by asking students how their race has affected their life.

The ruling was split along traditional lines, with the court ruling that Harvard College's admissions system violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and that the University of North Carolina failed to employ race-neutral practices.

The decision has implications for the use of race-based practices in admissions.