With graduation season upon us, the U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that may dramatically affect college admissions. In Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, the Court held 6-2 that voters may, by ballot, prohibit affirmative action in public universities’ admissions decisions.
While the case primarily addressed the use of racial criteria in the University of Michigan’s admission decisions, Michigan’s constitutional amendment also prohibits the use of racial preference in state and local government employment contracts. As a result, there may be an unintended consequence of this ruling in the form of affirmative action in government contracts falling by the wayside. For more, click here .