If universities are forced to eliminate the use of race in their admissions processes, what are the possible reactions, and ways to maintain diversity?
It’s a question worth asking after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to have a lower court review the University of Texas’ use of race in admissions decisions, and with the high court taking up Michigan’s 2006 ballot initiative banning race-based affirmative action next term.
Without race based affirmative action, we’ll likely hear that minority college enrollments (especially black and Latino) will decline, thus reversing and threatening the desirable goal of racial equality.
But with the right subsequent policies, it is possible that minority enrollments could increase if race-based affirmative action is eventually overturned. We may also see increases in numbers of talented, lower-income students attending more selective colleges.