Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions

September 21, 2001 • Volume 11, Issue 32
Should colleges consider race in admissions?
By Kenneth Jost

Introduction

University of Michigan social work students protest at the federal courthouse in Detroit on Nov. 16, 2000. Two lawsuits likely to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court allege the university illegally used race as a determining factor in undergraduate and law school admissions. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
University of Michigan social work students protest at the federal courthouse in Detroit on Nov. 16, 2000. Two lawsuits likely to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court allege the university illegally used race as a determining factor in undergraduate and law school admissions. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

A major battle over the use of race in college admissions may be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Unsuccessful white applicants to the University of Michigan's undergraduate college and law school are challenging policies that give an advantage to minority applicants. The university says the policies are needed to ensure racial and ethnic diversity on campus. A federal judge approved the current undergraduate admissions policy, but another judge struck down the law school's system. A federal appeals court will hear the two cases in October. Both sides say the cases may reach the Supreme Court, which has not examined the issue since the famous Bakke decision in 1978 barred racial quotas but allowed colleges to consider race as one factor in admissions.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
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Oct. 17, 2008  Affirmative Action Updated
Jul. 11, 2003  Race in America
Sep. 21, 2001  Affirmative Action in Undergraduate Admissions
Jan. 23, 1998  The Black Middle Class
Feb. 23, 1996  Getting Into College
Apr. 28, 1995  Rethinking Affirmative Action
May 17, 1991  Racial Quotas
Apr. 14, 1989  Is Affirmative Action Still the Answer?
Jul. 31, 1981  Affirmative Action Reconsidered
Mar. 30, 1979  Affirmative Action Under Attack
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