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UT's Powers cheers upholding of race in admissions

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers says a court ruling that upholds the use of race in undergraduate admissions on campus is a "great day for higher education nationwide."

Powers on Tuesday cheered the decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He said Texas and the nation won't advance unless the flagship campus is training leaders from all parts of society.

Powers spoke in front of the iconic UT shortly after the ruling came down.

The challenge began with a lawsuit filed in 2008 by Abigail Fisher, who is white and was denied admission. The U.S. Supreme Court reviewed the case but told the lower court to take another look.

The number of undergraduate white student at UT Austin fell below 50 percent in Fall 2012.

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