Missouri and Kansas Public Colleges Carefully Seek Minorities
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Public colleges in Missouri and Kansas say a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action won't affect how they recruit minority students.
Officials at Missouri-Kansas City, The University of Missouri in Columbia, Kansas and Kansas State all say race plays no role in their admission standards.
The Supreme Court ruling in June didn't forbid considering race in admission but said schools must prove there are "no race-neutral alternatives" to achieve diversity on campus.
Officials at the Missouri and Kansas schools say that in general any student who meets the basic criteria for admission will get in.
The Kansas City Star reports the university officials say they try to recruit minority students to apply, then allow all applicants who meet the basic criteria to attend.