ERIC Number: ED143092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Affirmative Action in Higher Education.
Young, D. Parker
Stated as a legal constitutional issue the question is, Do affirmative action programs that embody some form of preferential treatment of selected groups resulting in possible quotas constitute reverse discrimination in violation of basic constitutional rights? This issue represents one of the most fundamental questions for our society that the United States Supreme Court will ever decide. That Court has yet to rule on that issue. Therefore, higher education must look for guidance to the lower federal as well as state courts as these tribunals continually interpret statutes, administrative guidelines, and institutional policies and actions. It is the purpose of this paper to review selected pertinent court decisions regarding affirmative action. Among the cases discussed are DeFunis v. Odegaard, Henson v. University of Arkansas, Alevy v. Downstate Medical Center, Bakke v. Regents of the University of California, Flanagan v. President and Directors of Georgetown College, and Cramer v. Virginia Commonwealth University. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Affirmative Action, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Higher Education, Law Schools, Medical Schools, Racial Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Supreme Court Litigation
Not available separately; See EA 009 780
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 15 of EA 009 780; For related documents, see EA 009 780-797