Applying Indices Post-Grutter to Monitor Progress Toward Attaining a Diverse Student Body

Reinsch, Roger W.,Goltz, Sonia,Chen, Hong,Tuoriniemi, Joel C. | May 30, 2012

The Supreme Court decision in Grutter v. Bollinger provided more definitive guidance for institutions of higher education desiring to use racial preferences in an effort to achieve a diverse student body. This Article first examines Grutter and other relevant cases to set forth the parameters established by the Supreme Court concerning how university preferences, including but not limited to race, may be used in an admissions policy. This Article then provides a framework for creating and using diversity indices that can help institutions implement the guidelines found in these court decisions and monitor whether or not the goal of diversity has been met. The Article describes a hypothetical situation, illustrating how diversity indices can be used in a manner that conforms to the admissions policy parameters established by the Supreme Court.