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Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

The June 23, 2003 Supreme Court decisions on affirmative action policies at the University of Michigan law and undergraduate schools affirmed that the benefits derived from a diverse student body may justify the use of narrowly tailored, race-conscious/ethnicity-conscious admissions policies. These decisions have implications for diversity recruitment at all colleges and universities, public and private, that receive federal funding – including dental schools.

The decisions in the two cases, Grutter v. Bollinger, et al. (law school) and Gratz, et al. v. Bollinger, et al. (undergraduate school) decision requires dental schools to review admissions policies and strategies for achieving diversity. The Association of American Medical Colleges has provided comprehensive guidelines for review of admissions criteria that can be a model for all health professions schools in its publication “Assessing Medical School Admissions Policies: Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Decisions.


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