SOU Discusses Affirmative Action

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ASHLAND, Ore. – An upcoming Supreme Court decision could change how universities across the nation admit students into their schools. The justices are questioning affirmative action, deciding if it’s unconstitutional.

A 22-year-old woman claims the University of Texas denied her admission because she was white; that university, as do many other universities across the country, consider race for admission. At Southern Oregon University, however, the admissions process doesn’t look at race at all.

SOU does not have an affirmative action policy in place. In fact, school officials say it’s never had this policy in its history. They said SOU has always had more spots available for admission than there are students applying.

Freshman applicants are based on GPA, SAT score and transcripts. At this point, officials said it’s hard to say whether or not it’s in favor of affirmative action, but whatever the Supreme Court decides, they believe that decision could impact the university later on.

β€œIn the future, it might be 3, 4, 5 years, we hope to achieve the problem where we have to be more selective, and the type of student we can admit, and of course, affirmative action and those type of policies could be more of an interest,” said Rick Weems, the Assistant VP of Enrollment.

The Supreme Court case regarding the University of Texas is one in many affirmative action cases dating back to 1950. The last time justices ruled on this policy was in 2003 when they upheld the University of Michigan Law School. A decision on the Supreme Court case with the University Texas is expected in the spring.