2- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, July 24, 1996 N ew s
Neal requests review of University's affirmative action policies
By Laurie Mayk
Daily Editor in Chief
In response to national and local
questions about institution and
implementation of affirmative action
programs, Interim President Homer
Neal recently suggested the
University take a closer look at its
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"U-M is a leader, has been a
leader, in the Michigan Mandate ...
it behooves us to take a look at how
our programs are doing, especially in
relationship to the trends that seem
to be developing," Neal said at last
week's University Board of Regents
Neal, while assuring the board he
does not doubt the University's
admissions policies, cited the recent
ruling involving the University of
Texas and recently published criti-
cism of The policies by University
Prof. Carl Cohen as reasons to
charge an independent counsel to
review the issue and report back to
the regents at their October meeting.
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"It's a primary item for the
University," Neal said.
When Cheryl Hopwood challenged
the law school admissions policies at
the University of Texas, the United
States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
declared the university's usage of race
as a factor in determining admissions to
the school was unconstitutional. The
U.S. Supreme Court later refused to
hear the Texas university's appeal to the
ruling. Universities across the country
have been discussing this case and its
potential to impact affirmative action
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor)
predicted that in light of the controver-
sial Hopwood decision, the University
could come under similar scrutiny.
"While Michigan is not in the
Fifth District (where the ruling will
take effect), the ruling may affect the
outcome if a similar challenge is
filed against the University of
Michigan in the Sixth District,"
Also concerning the regents were
comments published in a Detroit News
article last week, in which Cohen
claimed the University is breaking the
law with a tendency to favor "target
minorities" for admission. Cohen cited
admissions statistics he obtained
through the Freedom of Information
The regents echoed each other with
concern that the policies remain lawful
and therefore effective in promoting
diversity. Regent Rebecca McGowan
(D-Ann Arbor) was especially vocal in
directing the review to assess the
implementation of the policies, rather
than the existence of the policies them-
Former University President James
Duderstadt, who was known for a com-
mittment to the Michigan Mandate and
the Michigan Agenda for Wor
throughout his presidency, agreed w
Neal's move to assess the legalities of
the policies. He said that now, with
affirmative action in the spotlight, is an
appropriate time to review the policies
in order to protect them.
- Daily Managing News Editor
Jennifer Harvey contributed to this
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increase is high because it hasn't risen
much before this. "We have to take into
account how far we've fallen behind in
terms of financial aid in the past few
years;" Neal said.
Machen said the Office of Financial
Aid carefully studies the amount of
money students will realistically need
to spend during the academic year, and
then creates an aid package based on
Newman said she doesn't like the
fact that some of the money that funds
financial aid comes from funds gener-
ated by tuition. She said she does not
like "60 percent of the students subsi-
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"I think if we keep tuition down, we
can keep financial aid down," Newman
"If we're going to raise tuition, it
should be because we're bettering the
education of the
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higher allocations Regent
from the state.
Power (D-Ann Arbor) vehemently
defended the University's funding of
"Our job is to provide the widest pos-
sible access to the best possible educa-
tion for as many people as we can,"
Power said. "Every undergraduate who
gets accepted and doesn't flunk out
should know we're gonna find a way to
reported to the
Board that the fiscal year 1996 tuition
revenue fell short of the budgeted
amount by $4.8 million and that furti
reductions in enrollment were expec
to produce another $5.1 million short-
Machen said the slight shortage of
enrollment resulted from all segments
of the campus.
get them through financially."
Newman said in-state students "
getting a bargain" when they attend
Regent Lawrence Deitch (D-
Bloomfield Hills) said funding a
tion is not easy
(if we for many in-state
- students, regard-
IOf less of the fact
they are gettin a
-ncia aid cation ala public-
incial aid university price.
"It's a stretch for
those who are not
Scher-Newman financially afflu-
(R-Ann A r bor) ent," he said.
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