Affirmative action questions raised
The Supreme Court made waves in the modern battle over affirmative action when the justices voted 6-2 that allowed a measure passed in 2006 that bans racial preferences in college admissions.
While the decision was not centered on affirmative action, many are seeing it as such. In his majority decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the case was more about the ability for state voters to choose to prohibit consideration of race rather than the constitutionality of race-based admissions.
“Here, the principle that the consideration of race in admissions is permissible when certain conditions are met is not being challenged,” Kennedy wrote in his opinion.
At Towson, Director of University Admissions Dave Fedorchak said race is “not at all” considered in the application process.
He said Towson follows a policy for the University System of Maryland that states, “Admission to the institutions of the University System of Maryland shall be determined without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation or disabling condition.”
According to the USM data journal, the total number of minority students enrolled at Towson has increased every year since at least 2003. In the fall of 2003, 25.7 percent of Towson’s student population was made up of students classified as either a minority or of multiple or unknown races.
In the fall of 2012, 32.8 percent of the population was made up of the same groups.
In an email, Fedorchak said no student’s race should matter in college admissions.
“The race of a student does not determine their ability to be successful or unsuccessful in college,” he said. “We admit students based on their academic merit and preparation that are in line with seeking to enroll the students that have the greatest potential to benefit from our programs [and] graduate from TU.”