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Supreme Court rulings confuse colleges and may imperil scholarships based on race...

A student at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo sued university officials on Thursday for what he and his lawyers called a violation of his First Amendment right to free speech. Steven Hinkle, a senior, said that university...

In striking down racial-admissions preferences at the University of Michigan's liberal-arts college in Gratz v. Bollinger while upholding its law school's race-based policies in Grutter v. Bollinger, the court found campus diversity compelling enough to justify some consideration of race. But the court subjected race-based admissions to new limits in time and scope. Taken together, the twin decisions make it clear that race must be used in a "flexible, nonmechanical way" and cannot generally be a "decisive" factor. Instead, colleges must engage "in a highly individualized, holistic review of each applicant's file, giving serious consideration to all the ways an applicant might contribute to a diverse edu...

Colleges are not just up against a few rejected white applicants in the national debate over affirmative action on campuses. No, the forces aligned against them are much more formidable. The attacks on race-conscious admissions policies, which have...

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