ERIC Number: ED165623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, No. 76-811, in the Supreme Court of the United States. (Special College Admissions Procedures for Disadvantaged Applicants).
New York State Library, Albany. Legislative and Government Services.
The Regents of the University of California v. Bakke case in the U.S. Supreme Court and background information on the previous cases in California are presented. Allan Bakke is a white male who applied to the Davis medical school in both 1973 and 1974 and was refused admission even though admission slots under the college's special admissions program were unfilled and he was highly qualified. The state trial court found the program operating as a racial quota and ruled that the college could not take race into account in admissions decisions; however, Bakke's admission was not ordered. The Supreme Court of California affirmed the trial court's decision and further ordered Bakke's admission. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the California court order admitting Bakke and invalidating the college's special admissions program but reversed the decision prohibiting the college from taking race into account in future admission decisions. Separate opinions are presented concurring in part and dissenting in part with the judgment. Justice Stevens, the Chief Justice, Justice Stewart, and Justice Rehnquist concurred with the order to admit Bakke but viewed the question of whether race can be a factor in an admissions policy as not at issue. Justices Brennan, White, Marshall, and Blackmun concluded that race can be used as a factor in university admissions decisions. Justice Powell concluded that Bakke should be admitted and that some uses of race in university admissions are permissible. Separate opinions are also presented for Justice White, Justice Marshall, and Justice Blackmun. (SW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Library, Albany. Legislative and Government Services.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bakke v Regents of University of California