University of Michigan Unveils Steps to Boost Black Enrollment

Apr 17, 2014

The University of Michigan says it's working to boost black enrollment, which has dropped to 4.7 percent since state residents voted to ban consideration of race in admissions. 

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The university says a series of meetings between administrators and the Black Student Union have produced several steps aiming at increasing the percentage of black students.

African-Americans make up about 14 percent of Michigan's 9.9 million residents. Blacks already were underrepresented on campus at 7.2 percent before the 2006 state constitutional amendment further cut their numbers.

The university said Wednesday the measures include events to encourage more accepted black students to enroll, assisting off-campus transportation, and improving the Trotter Multicultural Center.      The Ann Arbor school has seen protests going back decades over black enrollment, including a February sit-in at the undergraduate library.