Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Schools Maintain Policies Chancellor Says Chools Should Use Current Admissions Plans for This Fall
ATLANTA -- University System Chancellor Stephen Portch
yesterday directed Georgia's 34 public colleges to continue
using current admissions policies, despite a recommendation from
state Attorney General Michael Bowers that affirmative action
programs be reviewed.
In a letter to school presidents, Portch told officials to use
current policies for fall 1996 admissions and "develop
contingency plans for future admissions policies."
He noted the court case being used by Bowers to discourage
affirmative action admissions policies is pending review before
the U.S. Supreme Court.
The chancellor also noted changing the system for this fall
would be "disruptive and unfair to students."
Staffers at the Board of Regents disclosed the chancellor's
position in a release sent out after his office had closed for
the weekend. Portch was not available for comment.
Bowers also could not be reached.
In light of recent court rulings against affirmative action,
Bowers sent Portch an unsolicited letter last month saying the
state's colleges should review admission policies and revise
those that give consideration to race.
While the attorney general's letter refers to admissions
policies, it could also apply to other race-based programs. …