Kansas students react to court upholding Michigan affirmative action ban

WICHITA, Kansas – The Supreme has upheld Michigan’s ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions.

The justices say that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

Here in Wichita, some students say they are on a very diverse campus already.

“A diverse campus is beneficial, so, I think it is up to the state if they want to go that route or not,” said Ben.

Ben says Wichita State is multi-cultural without affirmative action.

And in the state of Kansas, affirmative action is not used in any way when it comes to admissions.

The state says you have to score well on your ACT, be in the top third of your class, or have a 2.0 grade average in approved college curriculum.

KSN asked one diversity expert who says it is only a matter of time before the notion is challenged.

“It’s important for students to be exposed to different ideas, to different cultures because we are going to be operating in a global market,” said Francisco Gonzalez, WSU Equal Employment Opportunity.

Gonzalez says the Wichita campus enjoys a proud heritage of encouraging a diverse student body, and with an increasingly global marketplace, it only makes sense to encourage diversity.

The Kansas Regents System, that oversees enrollment, says there are no affirmative action measures tied to enrollment in Kansas.

A spokesperson offered the following statement:

“Market drives diversity. We want to get as many talented kids to our state universities as we can. I don’t speak for the board, but the board clearly supports diversity in the student body.”

KSN looked at the demographics breakdown of the big state schools in Kansas.

Wichita State is the most diverse with a 32-percent non-white student body and 64-percent white.

KSU is less diverse with 74-percent white and 25-percent non-white.

It reflects the overall demographics of the state of Kansas which is 77 percent white and 23-percent non-white.

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