The University of Michigan has just discovered what any old Southerner could have told it: discrimination is easy and cheap.
Two of the major universities that were forced by the Supreme Court to abandon affirmative action policies that awarded extra points to minority applicants have experienced only slight declines in the racial diversity of the students they admitted for the fall.
To maintain those levels, however, the universities spent far more on admissions than before.
At the University of Michigan, the focal point of the court’s decision, black, Latino and American Indian students accounted for 10 percent of this year’s accepted students, a decrease of one percentage point from 2003. Yet Michigan spent $1.8 million more to evaluate applicants this year, a 40 percent increase.
I haven’t seen comparable figures on how much more the University of Alabama had to spend on admissions once it had to evaluate all applicants without regard to race.