Michigan admissions policy is not based on racial status

Published: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 23, 2003 at 10:22 p.m.

I cannot understand the media's failure to inform the public about the University of Michigan's admissions policy, now the subject of a lawsuit before the Supreme Court.

Even a cursory glance at the categories awarded "points" for admission shows that the policy hardly singles out racial minorities for preferential treatment.

Look at the university's Web site, and you will find that students from rural backgrounds and children of alumni also receive "points." Since Midwestern African Americans tend to live in cities, the first category boosts white enrollment.

And since the large majority of Michigan alumni are white, the second category boosts white enrollment.

According to a New Yorker article published last year, Michigan also awards "points" to men who will major in nursing - a category that boosts male enrollment.

So why hasn't the media addressed the fact that the majority of "points" awarded have nothing to do with racial minority status?

Do those who object to Michigan's policy (including our C-student president) object to racial minorities having any edge at all in the competition for college admission?

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