Stir It Up
Unease at Wayne State University
Are changing admissions policies freezing out minority students?
Published: December 7, 2011
Some say that the numbers aren't there because WSU doesn't want anyone to know just how far the numbers have dropped. But Brown says that "may be a matter of us not having the data yet."
They seem to have the rest of the data for fall 2011. If the university were to release the numbers, it could dampen what seems to be growing alarm among people of color who work at WSU, or it could confirm their fears. Most of this is conjecture in the face of little information. But the big drop in Detroit students is definitive and troubling.
Brown puts a happy face on the process, although he won't say anything specific. And he downplays the idea that people of color will be left behind by new policies.
"That is not our plan," Brown says. "That is not at all in our vision statement and our vision of the university. ... Our plans are to partner with the state. We're proud to be a state university. The state asked us to make some sacrifices. We capitalized on efficiencies; we did not compromise our standards and access to the university."
Whatever that means in practical terms, it's troubling. WSU once defined itself as a school with an urban mission. It will be a shame if that mission is sidetracked by policies from Lansing that are more concerned with bottom lines and getting tough on Detroiters.
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