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University of Iowa Talks Affirmative Action

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--The Supreme Court handed down its decision on a landmark affirmative action case today.

The justices say states can prohibit their public colleges and university from using race as a factor in admissions.

In 2006, Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment banning admissions programs that "give preferential treatment to" or "discriminate against" university applicants based on race.

Opponents of Michigans Affirmative Action ban are concerned the Supreme Courts ruling will shrink minority enrollment.
Folks at UI say when comes to student enrollment.

They follow the regent's admission index. Meaning identity and background are not criterias for enrollment.

"It just gives people of every race an equal chance at going to school there, said UI student Shelby Shull.

"I think that it would have been better if it had come up with a different program of some kind, said fellow student Tia Heires,

Students at the University of Iowa have their opinions on Michigans affirmative action ban.

"For people of color they take that as oh you're not welcome here. They may take it the wrong way, said Joshua Housing, another sophomore.

It's an issue university leaders say they don't have a formalized policy on.

"So we don't use any types of quotas, we don't use any types of percentages. We merely go out and try to appeal to a broad of a base of students as possible, said Chief Diversity Officer, Georgina Dodge.

Georgina dodge says she doesnt think Tuesdays ruling will cause a ripple effect at UI or other universities

"What it does do is it does sort of cast a pall upon people from diverse backgrounds. People who are of a minority identity. It prevents them from feeling that a University of Institution is a welcoming place for them, she said.

She hopes the move will get society talking about real issues in education.

Like the differences between equality and equity.

"If someone is starting from here and has to get to here, compared to someone who is starting from way down here and has to get to here, that is not equitable, she said.

Dodge says affirmative action is important at universities to ensure diversity.

She says it might just need to be structured differently from the way it has been in the past.
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