In Diversity Gap at Michigan Flagship, Signs of a Lost Public Mission: Blogs You Should Read

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

–Frederick Douglas

Check out this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education. I’m placing it in the Blogs You Should Read Category. Selected Excerpts below.

In Diversity Gap at Michigan Flagship, Signs of a Lost Public Mission

“However, it’s important to take a step back and look at these developments within a broader trend that university administrators have aggressively pursued. Like the University of Virginia, the University of California at Berkeley, and other “public Ivies,” Michigan is increasingly becoming a PINO university: public in name only.

The ranks of the student body are rapidly being filled by those who can afford to pay more than $220,000 for four years of college—just a shade less than the cost of attending Harvard.”

“”Go Blue” may be the rallying cry in Ann Arbor, but the most important color is green.

Michigan has become a tale of two colleges: a moderately expensive one (approximately $27,000 a year for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, miscellaneous expenses, and room and board) serving an in-state student body that is moderately diverse, and an extremely expensive one (approximately $55,000 a year) serving an out-of-state student body that is overwhelmingly wealthy and white.”

“Michigan’s experience also exposes the fallacy that eliminating race-conscious admissions policies benefits low-income students of all races. The 2006 passage of state Proposal 2 banning affirmative action simply added new forms of racial disadvantage to already existing and intensifying forms of class-based exclusion.”

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From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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