Affirmative Action Case Sent Back to Lower Court

One of the U.S. Supreme Court’s most anticipated cases of its current term — a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action admissions process — ended with a ruling that skirted the issue of whether the program is discriminatory. Instead, the justices found that the lower court had not held the university to the “demanding burden of strict scrutiny” it set out in an earlier ruling. If the lower court were to decide race was a "determining factor" in the admissions policy, it could mean that the program would not pass the high court’s test. NPR has more.