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MSU President Expected Supreme Court To Uphold MI's Affirmative Action Ban

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EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Michigan State University prides itself on the diversity of its student body.

Nearly one in five of its incoming freshman is a minority and as 6 News Joe Khalil reports, MSU officials say this Supreme Court decision won't change the school's priorities.

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold Michigan's affirmative action ban in college admissions was one MSU's President says she expected.

"It just simply requires that we develop new strategies and work harder to achieve our goals of inclusion," said Lou Anna K. Simon, President, MSU.

Simon says proposal two, which banned considering race in admissions didn't result in less opportunity for minority applicants, though it did change the mechanics of the admission process.

 Despite the Supreme Court's Decision President Simon says MSU will continue to make diversity one of its top priorities in admissions.
"What we're trying to do is prepare students for the world. So it's not simply about gee whiz we need a representation, it's about we're a place of opportunity in a changing face of society," said President Simon.

Paulette Russell, director of MSU's Office of Inclusion says though race isn't a factor in admissions the university does recruit incoming freshman in areas with larger concentrations of minority students. Russell says the student body is more diverse because of it.
We have been "providing access to those who had historically been denied access to higher education. We're not going to stop doing that," said Paulette Granberry Russell, Director, Office for Inclusion.

The university's most recent diversity report shows in the fall of last academic year, nearly 20 percent of MSU students were racial minorities.

The percentage is even higher for this year's incoming freshman. That's a trend Russell says the university would like to keep up.

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