Perspectives on affirmative action in academic dental institutions: the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the University of Michigan cases.

Melanie R. Peterson, Joan E. Kowolik, Gary Coleman, Susan Dietrich, Ana Karina Mascarenhas, Michael McCunniff, George Taylor

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Abstract

In June 2003 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of using race as a factor in higher education admissions decisions. This article considers the impact of the Supreme Court decisions on admissions procedures at selected academic dental institutions (ADI) and their parent institutions. We interviewed fifty-eight leaders considered to be individual stakeholders at seven ADI and their related parent institutions, state dental associations, and state legislatures using a common set of questions about the Supreme Court decisions. Educators from the ADI and their parent institutions were consistent in their responses that the rulings upheld affirmative action as necessary to achieve diversity. State organized dentistry officials did not appear to be as aware as others of the rulings, whereas legislators were mixed in their responses. Except for the University of Michigan undergraduate admissions procedures, it remains to be seen what the impact will be for other higher education institutions and for academic dental institutions. Although the rulings have provided guidelines for achieving diversity using race/ ethnicity as one of several factors, the rulings will possibly be challenged, thus requiring vigilance on the part of parent institutions and their ADI to ensure compliance with the spirit of the rulings and to avoid attack from opponents of affirmative action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-937
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of dental education
Volume68
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2004

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  • Dentistry(all)

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Peterson, M. R., Kowolik, J. E., Coleman, G., Dietrich, S., Mascarenhas, A. K., McCunniff, M., & Taylor, G. (2004). Perspectives on affirmative action in academic dental institutions: the U.S. Supreme Court rulings in the University of Michigan cases. Journal of dental education, 68(9), 932-937.