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U-M: Supreme Court affirmative action ruling will have minimal impact in Michigan

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J. Scott Applewhite
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University of Michigan officials say the US Supreme Court decision to eliminate the use of affirmative action in college applications will likely result in less diverse college campuses across the country but won't have much of an impact in this state.

That’s because Michigan voters passed an amendment to the state Constitution in 2006 that prohibits the state’s public universities from considering race in the application process. Since then, U-M has used other factors to try to improve diversity on campus, such as a student’s economic status.

U-M spokesman Rick Fitzgeraldsays that helped some, but the two factors are not interchangeable.

“We’re still far behind where we were before 2006, for example with Black students and Native American students.”

Fitzgerald says each university’s admission process is different. But now that race can no longer be a factor, some of U-M’s current policies could help to serve as a model for other schools.

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