Affirmative Action

The Affirmative Action Debate

Recruitment and retention of students, faculty, administrators, and staff from "underrepresented" groups is a concern of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

Renewed national attention was focused upon the affirmative action debate by President Bill Clinton when he delivered the commencement address at the University of California-San Diego on Saturday, June 14, 1997. Recently, two class-action lawsuits have been filed against the University of Michigan in federal district court in Detroit, Michigan, claiming that the University of Michigan and its Law School discriminate against white students in its admissions procedures. On January 26, 1998, the University of Michigan Senate Assembly, the legislative body of the University's Faculty Senate, overwhelmingly endorsed a statement entitled "The Value of Diversity." Click here to view that statement.

Following are presentations and publications related to the affirmative action debate made by faculty of the University of Michigan or by invited speakers who have addressed this topic at  the University of Michigan.


Opportunity and Academic Integrity. Roger Wood Wilkins, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History and American Culture at George Mason University. Seventh Annual University Senate Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic and Intellectual Freedom. University of Michigan. March 17, 1997.  A critical review of the position of African Americans in American society and the responsibilities of institutions of higher education.  Click here to read Professor Wilkins' lecture.

The Michigan Mandate: Up, Down or Sideways?  Thomas M. Dunn,  Professor of Chemistry and Chairman of the AAUP's Michigan Conference Committee T, published his thoughts on affirmative action on the Faculty Perspective Page of The University Record, February 25, 1997.  Professor Dunn is the immediate past chairman of the University of Michigan Faculty Senate and of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs.  Click here to read Professor Dunn's article.

Race in University of Michigan AdmissionsCarl Cohen, Professor of Philosophy, Residential College, University of Michigan.  Professor Cohen, an outspoken critic of affirmative action, presented his view of admissions practices at the University of Michigan  in an article published on the Faculty Perspectives Page of The University Record, February 25, 1997.  Click here to read Professor Cohen's article.

Affirmative Action: The Realistic Good Trumps the Ideal Best.  Theodore J. St. AntoineDegan Professor of Law and former Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, was a speaker at the Forum on Affirmative Action, sponsored by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor AAUP Chapter, on March 26, 1996.  Click here to read Professor St. Antoine's comments.

The AAUP Policy and Perspective on Affirmative Action Denis Tanguay Hoyer Professor of Management at Eastern Michigan University and a member of the national AAUP's Committee A, was a speaker at the Forum on Affirmative Action, sponsored by the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor AAUP Chapter, on March 26, 1996.  Click here to read Professor Hoyer's comments.

The Michigan Mandate: Promise and Progress. Ronald J. Lomax, Thomas E. Moore and Charles B. SmithA critical review of the status of the Michigan Mandate by three professors, who at the time were members of the Senate Advisory Committee on Universisty Affairs (SACUA) Their article appeared in The University Record, April 17, 1995.  Click here to read this review.


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