Dear ACAPT Members,
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision that supports university policies related to race-based admission decisions. In a 4-3 ruling, the court decided that a University of Texas program that admits some students based on a consideration of race is constitutional.
Dr. Barb Sanders, ACAPT President, stated “the Supreme Court decision supports the need to increase numbers of students from under-represented minorities (URM) in physical therapist education. The ACAPT Board of Directors strongly supports the development of a more diverse workforce in physical therapy, and is proud that one of the first ACAPT task forces created was the Diversity Task Force in January 2013. We urge all ACAPT members to implement strategies identified by the Task Force report to increase URM representation in your educational program(s).” (click here to view the report
According to Dr. Bernadette York, Chair of the ACAPT Diversity Task Force, “The Task Force is pleased that the Supreme Court has upheld university policies related to race-based admission decisions. Not only do all students benefit when physical therapy education programs have a diverse student body, but increased quality of care is the ultimate result of this diversity.”
Barbara Sanders, PT, PhD, SCS, FAPTA
Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
Associate Dean, College of Health Professions