Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

University of Michigan's Admissions Policy Still an Issue for Regents' Election

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

University of Michigan's Admissions Policy Still an Issue for Regents' Election

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.

More than a year has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the University of Michigan's undergraduate admissions policy as too formulaic because it awarded points based on race.

But the decision remains an important issue to several people running in the Nov. 2 election for two seats coming open on the school's board of regents.

Two seats each also are opening on the Michigan State University board of trustees and the Wayne State University board of governors. The top two vote-getters in each of the three races will win. Each term runs eight years.

Michigan State's is the only board controlled by Republicans, who outnumber Democrats 5-3. Democrats hold a 5-3 edge over Republicans on the other two boards.

On the University of Michigan board, the two seats up for election are held by Democrats Olivia Maynard and S. Martin Taylor. Both are seeking re-election and hoping to fend off eight other candidates: Republicans Patrick Anderson and Carl Meyers; Libertarians Michael Corliss and James Lewis Hudler; Nathaniel Damren of the Green Party; Mary Debusschere of the Natural Law Party; and Karen Adams and Joe Sanger, both of the U. …

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