MSCHE Signs Diversity in Admissions Amicus Brief

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) was among 40 higher education organizations signing an amicus brief in the matter of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, Univ. No. Carolina, Students for Fair Admissions’ (SFFA’s) submitted on August 1, 2022, by the American Council on Education (ACE).

The Commission is dedicated to honest self-reflection that creates meaningful change at member institutions and encourages practices that make a difference in students’ lives through diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. For that reason, MSCHE supports the positions put forth by ACE that institutions need to be able to holistically review and admit students whose credentials, qualities, and life experience correspond with and further the institution’s own mission and goals and that institutions cannot admit applicants based only upon purportedly “objective” criteria like test scores and grade point averages and must have the academic freedom to utilize other factors as part of a holistic admissions review. The brief cautions the Supreme Court, “An overly broad rule circumscribing all race-consciousness in higher education would destructively intrude on programs that support all students.”

ACE provides amicus briefs for cases that are heard throughout the country. MSCHE had previously signed on to an amicus brief submitted by ACE in 2018 in support of Harvard College’s Admissions lawsuit and amicus briefs submitted by ACE in 2020, challenging the now-rescinded ICE rule and Title IX timing.