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Affirmative Action
(2007-06-15)
(wgvu) - A pro-affirmative action group says a new
state law banning preferential treatment based on race and gender
at public universities is hurting minority enrollment at the
University of Michigan Law School.
But law school officials cautioned not to read too much into the
latest admissions numbers, saying it's too early to draw any
conclusions.
The constitutional amendment banning preferential treatment in
admissions took effect in late December 2006.
The University of Michigan Law School released admissions
numbers this week showing that just above 5 percent of minority
applicants after December 28th had been accepted into the upcoming
law school class.
That compares with about 36 percent from on or before December
28th.
A group called By Any Means Necessary says the numbers show that
Proposal 2 is having a catastrophic effect on minority enrollment
at the law school. The group is challenging the new law in federal
court.
But an assistant dean at the law school said that claim is
irresponsible and that it is too early to draw conclusions.
For overall classes, the percentage of minority students is
about the same for this admissions cycle as it was for the prior
cycle.
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