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University of Iowa News Release

June 23, 2003

Skorton Issues Statement On Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling

"Today the United States Supreme Court issued landmark decisions in the cases of two unsuccessful applicants to the University of Michigan, upholding the use of race as a factor in admission to institutions of higher education. I am personally and professionally delighted with this decision, which underscores the importance of diversity in American higher education and in our society in general. The Supreme Court has ruled that, while race can be considered a factor in college and university admissions, a specific procedure at the University of Michigan will not be allowed.

"At the University of Iowa our procedures do not include set asides, quotas or a point system. However, we will conduct an expeditious review of our specific admission procedures in the context of this decision to see if any minor changes are needed.

"Regardless of the specific procedures which we will use to decide admissions to the University of Iowa, we will not retreat from our long-standing legacy of attention to diversification of our campus. The University of Iowa was the first public institution in the country to admit women on an equal basis with men and was among the first institutions to admit African Americans in the mid 19th Century. Because of this legacy and because of the enormous importance of diversity and the global community of the 21st Century, the University of Iowa is firmly committed to improving access to opportunity for all members of society."

David Skorton
The University of Iowa

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