Her qualifications were OK, but nothing special...
When I was in HS, getting into the National Honor Society was something most of us wanted. There was a bottom basement floor of an 85 average to get in, meaning that if you had an 84 you didn't get in no matter what else you did. A friend of mine had an 85 average and his only extracurricular was intramural bowling, but he felt that he should have gotten in because he met the minimum requirement. A lot of things were considered.
This chick wasn't exactly a superstar. She was alright - she almost made the automatic admission (top 10%) but not quite. So the question then is, what differentiates her? Why pick her and not another student? Do you take the slightly lower GPA with more extracurriculars of a black student over the slightly higher GPA with fewer extracurriculars of a white student? It's hard to make a case either way. Now if she could prove that the ONLY reason was race, that's a case. If there were other variables, then what is the court supposed to do?
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
I'm not certain what's going on here, but it sounds like the dumbing-down in education has run into the brick wall of unwanted results! So can we expect that college courses will be made easier to complete, so no one's feelings are hurt? Sort of like giving every kid a trophy and a box of juice when they compete in sports?