A Defender of Landmark Affirmative Action Decision, University President Weighs SCOTUS Case

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Universities in the city and across the nation will be watching closely as the Supreme Court once again takes up the issue of whether race and ethnicity can be used in determining admission to college.

It’s a topic Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, is very familiar with. It was during his tenure as president of the University of Michigan that the Supreme Court  upheld the affirmative action policies of the university’s law school in the landmark 2003 case Grutter v. Bollinger.

Bollinger says affirmative action has been crucial to the success of higher education in the country. “We really have the best, and part of that is because of the diversity that we offer,” he told WNYC.

He did, however, note the case the court will take up, which involves the University of Texas' Top Ten program, is different from the Michigan case, and involves a system not used by other schools.

Listen to Amy Eddings' full interview with Lee Bollinger above.


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Comments [4]

Joe Schmo

Stop looking at this issue in terms of numbers. Every Asian student works their ass off in the hopes of getting into a good school. Meanwhile blacks and latinos at their same school need half the grade to get in with a full ride. Stop this bullshit about blacks having less opportunity. If so, that is an issue that their community needs to deal with. Asians certainly were not granted easy access to build up our lives here. If schools want to practice this blatant form of racism, they should leave the ivy league and stop their self-portrayal as an "academic institution" Pathetic

Dec. 29 2012 09:17 PM
MG from Harlem

We wouldn't need exceptions in college admission if equal opportunity existed in society.

Oct. 10 2012 01:35 AM
MG from Harlem

@mem if the curriculum and college admission testing moved away from testing rote memorization and started to teaching true problem solving, critical thinking and creativity there would be few Asians in college

Oct. 10 2012 01:28 AM
mem from NYC

If the Supreme court broadly strikes down affirmative action, top universities will find themselves a reflection of the top high schools in NYC. Majority asian---the same way UC Berkeley finds itself currently.

Not saying that's a bad or good, but clearly that's what will happen.

Oct. 09 2012 06:33 PM

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