On a topic not taking place halfway across the globe, the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments today against the University of Michigan law school acceptance policies. From CNN - "Justices will be asked to decide whether a state has a "compelling interest" to promote a diverse student body, or whether the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment forbids giving one ethnic group or minority special advantages over another. "
No one in this case is arguing that a diverse college experience is undesirable, but the methods by which to achieve that. Is it appropriate for a university to give preference to minorities - who traditionally make up a very small percentage of the applicant and enrolled - in an effort to facilitate diversity. Do the white students with slightly better scores have a right to admission? Should universities be allowed to pursue their own goals and take race as a factor to that end.
On a side note, I find it interesting that the regional roles are reversed for once here, as Southern schools are among the most diverse in the nation and it is area with traditionally low minority population that must artificially inflate their enrollment.