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The Obama administration on Monday threw its support behind the University of Texasâ€™ use of race as a standard in its admissions policies, asking the Supreme Court not to interfere with the consideration of racial preferences in college admissions.
The Justice Department, in a court brief co-signed by several other government agencies, told the high court that a diverse college population was in the universityâ€™s â€” and the governmentâ€™s â€” best interests. â€œThe armed services and numerous federal agencies have concluded that well-qualified and diverse graduates are crucial to the fulfillment of their missions,â€ Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli said.
The court brief was cosigned by lawyers from the departments of Defense, Education, Commerce, Labor and Health and Human Services.
The Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling on the University of Texasâ€™ admission program will be its first ruling on affirmativeÂ action in higher education since 2003. Arguments will be October 10.
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