good news for universities

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 rejected the way
Michigan actually carried out affirmative action in its
undergraduate admissions policy.

In a case involving Michigan's law school, the court upheld
the admissions policy in a 5-to-4 decision. The majority
said that the policy was narrowly tailored to further a
compelling interest in “obtaining educational benefits that
flow from a diverse student body.” In the undergraduate
case, the majority said that the university's current
policy, which is more formulaic, was not narrowly tailored
to achieve educational diversity.

Check our Web site throughout the day for updates on today's
decision and for the text of the opintions.

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lower-court decisions, as well as background from The
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It is my opinion that anything other than a positive decision such as this would have had horrid backlash from the rightist invasion, which we already had to some extent here in Virginia, though it seems to have passed to some extent.