AAA Supports U Michigan
in Supreme Court Case

The AAA has joined the American Council on Education (ACE) and over 50 other higher education associations in supporting the University of Michigan?s right to invoke affirmative action policies in school admissions to ensure diversity in its student body.  AAA signed onto an amicus brief that ACE filed with the Supreme Court on February 18. The ?friend of the court? brief argues in essence that institutions have the latitude to decide how to conduct higher education and that diversity in student bodies advances higher education.  Two applicants to the undergraduate program and an applicant to the law school are suing the University of Michigan and challenging its admissions policies.  The Supreme Court is expected to hear the cases in April.  The Court?s decisions are viewed as critical to the future of affirmative action.  A wide range of allies, including Fortune 500 corporations, labor unions, and civil rights groups have submitted similar amicus briefs in support of the University of Michigan.


To view the amicus brief, see ACE?s website at:
http://www.acenet.edu/washington/legalupdate/2003/UMich.pdf

For additional information and background on the suit, see:
http://www.umich.edu/~urel/admissions/new/

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