June 23, 2003

Supreme Court Rules on AA

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the use of affirmative action in college admissions in two cases involving the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, but struck down the mechanics of Michigan's undergraduate admissions policy.

-- Peter Schmidt, Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action in College Admissions

As many legal scholars had predicted, the Court upheld Michigan's admissions policy in the case involving the law school (Grutter v. Bollinger). In the case involving undergraduate admissions (Gratz v. Bollinger), the Court struck down the current policy as too broad and formulaic (as was predicted), but "the majority did not reject the use of racial preferences to promote educational diversity."


As he notes in his comment here, Frank Admissions will be posting about the decisions at the Financial Aid Office, where he is now a special guest blogger.

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at June 23, 2003 12:01 PM

For those with an interest in these decisions and their implications, I'll be attempting to follow the developments at http://www.financialaidoffice.org

Posted by: Frank Admissions at June 23, 2003 12:31 PM

I posted this also at Poliblog, but I thought I'd mention it here as well. When did AA become an acronym for Affirmative Action instead of Alcoholics Anonymous? SCOTUS has made no ruling on the 12-step program, or the anonymity of individual members of AA.


Posted by: bryan at June 28, 2003 12:05 AM