Sometime in June, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on a case challenging the criteria that the University of Michigan uses when considering students for admission. So, this seems like a good time to ask your views on such matters. Please remember that, as always, this isn't a scientific poll, since anyone who wishes to can participate. That said, let us know where you stand on the issues raised in the Michigan case.
How appropriate do you think it is for universities to take into account applicants' special characteristics -- such as their race, economic status, or athletic achievements -- when making admissions decisions?
No more appropriate than not
The University of Michigan judges applicants on a 150-point scale, where 110 points relate to academic performance. It also awards points to candidates based on a variety of other characteristics. Which of the following nonacademic point awards that Michigan uses do you think make sense (choose as many as you like):
Underrepresented minorities (African American, Native American, Hispanic): 20 points
Socioeconomically disadvantaged applicants: 20 points
Graduates of predominantly minority high schools: 20 points
Varsity athletes: 20 points
Applicants (largely white) from Michigan's Upper Peninsula: 16 points
Men who apply to nursing school: Unspecified points
Leadership ability: 5 points
Personal achievement: 5 points
University Provost's discretion: 20 points
Michigan argues that such a system doesn't amount to setting quotas for various types of applicants, while critics argue that awarding points is in essence a quota system for minorities. Do you think Michigan's approach is:
Definitely a quota system that unreasonably favors minorities
Possible to construe as such a system
No more likely than not such a system
Probably not a quota system that favors minorities
Definitely not a quota system
University admissions officers say the purpose of considering factors other than academic achievement is ensure that the school has a diverse student body, one that reflects the "real world" students will live in after they graduate. Given this goal, do you think the Michigan point system:
Definitely is the right way to go
Probably is the right way to go
Is no more the right thing to do than not
Probably isn't the right way to go
Definitely isn't the right way to go
How likely do you think it is that major universities, which have four or five times as many applicants as they can admit, would have more than a token number of underrepresented minorities if they didn't make special efforts to recruit them?
No more likely than not
How appropriate do you think it is for employers to practice affirmative action or exert a special effort to attract groups who may have been discriminated against in the past, such as minorities and women, when making hiring decisions?
Neither more nor less appropriate
How likely do you think it is that corporations would have more than a token number of underrepresented minorities if they didn't practice affirmative action or exert special efforts?
No more likely than not
How committed do you think the Bush Administration is to fostering the participation of underrepresented minorities in universities and companies?
No more committed than not
Not committed at all
Are you now in school?
Where do you live?
Outside the U.S.
Who did you vote for in the 2000 Presidential election?
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