The New Yorker looks at how the University of Michigan is struggling to keep its affirmative action policy in admission of students. University professor Carl Cohen investigated Michigan's admissions practices and found "explicitly lower grade and test-score" cutoffs for minorities. In 1997 Cohen was joined by a group of Republican state legislators in denouncing the affirmative action policy. Soon after two lawsuits were filed against the university, one undergraduate case and one in the law school. The administration has public stated that it believes its policies benefit the university by bringing a diversity of thought to the campus, and that ending affirmative action would be detrimental to the learning process of its students.
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