ERIC Number: ED202373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The State Role--Beyond Bakke.
Millard, Richard M.
Outcomes of the Bakke decision and the role of the state in developing an effective post-Bakke agenda are addressed. While the Supreme Court rejected the doctrine of complete racial neutrality in admissions decisions, there is ambiguity in the decision that could be used to rationalize complacency and justification of the status quo, doing away with quotas and two-tracks and submitting nothing in their place, or weakening programs designed to support minority students with potential for professional and graduate work. Advantages of the decision include directing attention to the issue of underrepresentation of minorities in higher education and in responsible positions in American society. It is suggested that state boards, commissions, or departments of higher education have played or have the capacity for playing significant roles in expansion of access, including providing guidance in areas related to access such as admissions standards and student aid. An agenda for state higher or postsecondary education should include the following: disseminate accurate information about the Bakke decision to policy-makers, identify and disseminate admissions models designed to increase enrollment of underrepresented minorities at graduate and professional levels within the Bakke guidelines; encourage institutions to develop their own plans for overcoming underrepresentation; and conduct human resources studies that identify specific community as well as aggregate state needs in critical human service areas. An agenda for the legislative and executive branches of state government could include: issuing a formal resolution and/or executive order reaffirming the state's commitment to affirmative action and to overcoming underrepresentation both in educational opportunity and in providing human services. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: State Higher Education Executive Officers Association.; Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Inservice Education Program.
Identifiers: Bakke v Regents of University of California; Seminars for State Leaders Postsec Ed (ECS SHEEO); Supreme Court
Note: Paper presented at a Seminar for State Leaders in Postsecondary Education (New York, NY, September 1978).