University Leaders Back Affirmative Action in Ad, Group Defends Admissions Policies
1997, Boston Globe, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Led by Harvard University president Neil Rudenstine, the nation's top research universities are taking a strong stand against a nationwide push to roll back affirmative action in college admissions decisions.
The Association of American Universities placed a full-page advertisement in the New York Times Thursday that defends the practice of considering race, gender, and ethnicity in admissions. The statement, approved by the organization of 62 research universities last week, comes in response to a U.S. Appeals Court decision in Texas that struck down a race-based admissions policy, and to two initiatives in California barring racial and gender preferences in admissions and hiring.
"We do not endorse quotas or `set-asides' in admissions," the statement reads. "But we do insist that we must be able, as educators, to select those students - from among qualified applicants - who will best enable our institutions to fulfill their broad educational purposes." The institutions include the University of Missouri at Columbia, The University of Illinois and Washington University in St. Louis. Rudenstine suggested his colleagues take a public stand, according to others in the organization. …