The region’s public colleges say their creativity in attracting minority students means the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on affirmative action won’t force them to change policies.
That’s because, they said, race plays no role in whom they admit to their schools and whom they don’t.
But admitting more minority students is still a key mission. So admission officers turn to different methods like targeted recruitment to bring qualified minority students to their schools.
“I think that any public research institution that is using race as a factor in admissions needs to go back and review what they are doing,” said Mel Tyler, vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. “There are plenty of qualified minority students out there.… Race should not be a factor.”