On October 30, 2015, the American Educational Research Association filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court’s reconsideration of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The association was joined by nine other scientific societies in urging the court to consider an overwhelming body of scientific evidence relevant to the case. The court heard oral arguments in the case on December 9.
On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court made a 4-3 decision in Fisher, upholding the institution’s admissions policy and affirming consideration of race as a factor in higher education admissions. On June 28, 2016, AERA held a briefing at the National Press Club titled “After Fisher: What the Supreme Court’s Ruling Means for Students, Colleges, and the Country.” The purpose was to address the implications of the decision for ensuring quality education for all students and graduates capable of contributing to the demands of a 21st-century workplace.