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Affirmative action erosion could affect UNLV in future

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Updated: 4/24/2014 10:53 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV — Race is often a determining factor when it comes to college admission.

It's a practice legalized by Affirmative Action, and according to recent polling data, most Americans say it's a good thing.

But this week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Michigan law banning the practice.

In southern Nevada, Affirmative Action isn't much of an issue.

UNLV is one of 700 public four-year colleges nationwide, which accepts 80 percent of students who apply.

However, if challenges to Affirmative Action continue at the state level, experts fear a ripple effect could be felt across the country.

“The quality of education that disproportionately, historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups get in the United States is much poorer than the quality of K-12 education that at least middle class and predominantly white students get,” said UNLV professor Christine Clark, a senior scholar in multicultural education.

Supreme Court justices ruled Tuesday that Michigan has the right to change its state constitution, to prohibit public colleges and universities from considering race in deciding which students get admitted.


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