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A letter from the President of the University of Michigan... [Jun. 23rd, 2003|11:43 pm]
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...regarding today's decisions, mailed to the entire University community.

Note that of the two decisions, one is lauded and the other is all but ignored.

My faith in this president is waning.

-----------------

Today we received the decisions of the Supreme Court regarding our admissions
cases. This is a day of enormous pride for the University of Michigan.

A majority of the Court has strongly reaffirmed the principle of diversity
articulated by justice Powell in the Bakke decision. The Court said that
it "endorses Justice Powell's view that student body diversity is a compelling
state interest." Universities can continue to use race as one of many
factors in an individualized admissions process.

>From the outset, this has been a debate about the principles to which we
are dedicated at this great University, not merely about our policies.
These decisions are a wonderful victory for the University of Michigan,
for all of higher education, and for the hundreds of groups and thousands
of individuals who supported us.

The Court has provided two important signals. The first is a green light
to pursue racial and ethnic diversity in the college classroom. The second
is a pathway to get us there. The Law School policy clearly met the Court's
criteria for a holistic admissions process. We will modify our undergraduate
admissions process to follow today's guidance from the Court. I am confident
we can do that as we continue our commitment to a richly diverse student
body. We expect to have a revised undergraduate admissions process in
place this Autumn.

I believe these rulings will go down in history as landmark decisions of
the Court. And I am proud of the role of the University of Michigan in
this important debate. We argued for fair and equal access. Now, we will
do whatever it takes to recruit the finest, most diverse student body possible,
within the provisions of today's decisions.

We must look to the future and affirm our institutional commitment to diversity
in every aspect of our community: our student body, our faculty, and our
staff.

These decisions affect not only our own University, but universities, public
and private, throughout the nation. I pledge to you that the University
of Michigan will take the lead in creating new ways to infuse our campuses
with the myriad perspectives that fuel our strength.

We will make a dual promise to future generations of students and to our
alumni, who are so proud of their Michigan heritage: First, our commitment
to a diverse campus will continue. And second, every student admitted
to our University will continue to be eminently well qualified.

As we work to ascertain the ramifications of these decisions and to devise
means to work within them, I expect that members of our community will
engage in a full and robust debate of many related issues. I anticipate
this discussion will be civil and respectful of all points of view. Your
right to freedom of expression is paramount at the University of Michigan.
This is a hallmark of our educational system, and one of which I am most
proud.

In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to provide updated information
on our main University WWW site <
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...regarding today's decisions, mailed to the entire University community.

Note that of the two decisions, one is lauded and the other is all but ignored.

My faith in this president is waning.

-----------------

Today we received the decisions of the Supreme Court regarding our admissions
cases. This is a day of enormous pride for the University of Michigan.

A majority of the Court has strongly reaffirmed the principle of diversity
articulated by justice Powell in the Bakke decision. The Court said that
it "endorses Justice Powell's view that student body diversity is a compelling
state interest." Universities can continue to use race as one of many
factors in an individualized admissions process.

>From the outset, this has been a debate about the principles to which we
are dedicated at this great University, not merely about our policies.
These decisions are a wonderful victory for the University of Michigan,
for all of higher education, and for the hundreds of groups and thousands
of individuals who supported us.

The Court has provided two important signals. The first is a green light
to pursue racial and ethnic diversity in the college classroom. The second
is a pathway to get us there. The Law School policy clearly met the Court's
criteria for a holistic admissions process. We will modify our undergraduate
admissions process to follow today's guidance from the Court. I am confident
we can do that as we continue our commitment to a richly diverse student
body. We expect to have a revised undergraduate admissions process in
place this Autumn.

I believe these rulings will go down in history as landmark decisions of
the Court. And I am proud of the role of the University of Michigan in
this important debate. We argued for fair and equal access. Now, we will
do whatever it takes to recruit the finest, most diverse student body possible,
within the provisions of today's decisions.

We must look to the future and affirm our institutional commitment to diversity
in every aspect of our community: our student body, our faculty, and our
staff.

These decisions affect not only our own University, but universities, public
and private, throughout the nation. I pledge to you that the University
of Michigan will take the lead in creating new ways to infuse our campuses
with the myriad perspectives that fuel our strength.

We will make a dual promise to future generations of students and to our
alumni, who are so proud of their Michigan heritage: First, our commitment
to a diverse campus will continue. And second, every student admitted
to our University will continue to be eminently well qualified.

As we work to ascertain the ramifications of these decisions and to devise
means to work within them, I expect that members of our community will
engage in a full and robust debate of many related issues. I anticipate
this discussion will be civil and respectful of all points of view. Your
right to freedom of expression is paramount at the University of Michigan.
This is a hallmark of our educational system, and one of which I am most
proud.

In the coming days and weeks, we will continue to provide updated information
on our main University WWW site <<www.umich.edu>>.

This is an historic day for our University. You may look to me for leadership
as we adapt to the new provisions of the law, and I will look to all of
you for inspiration.

With my best wishes,

Mary Sue Coleman
President
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Comments:
[User Picture]From: inprotest
2003-06-24 09:42 pm (UTC)
but at least she gave out milk and cookies at her pad today . . .

it's interesting being on the minority side, always wondering why you got the job, why you got the acceptance

but

i'm still here, doing well, great job, haven't gotten fired, haven't been kicked out or anywhere near from school

so i know that while i may not be a marius or even a chris ;) i'm still good enough to play with the boys . . .

but there'll always be the what-ifs
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