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The Supreme Court’s decisions in Grutter/Gratz v. Bollinger were among the most anticipated rulings in recent history. Legal scholars, media commentators, and laypeople alike eagerly awaited the release of the Court’s decision on whether the use of race in the admissions processes of institutions of higher education would be held constitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment. Given the divided opinion of the American public on the issue of affirmative action in higher education, it was expected that the Court’s rulings would ignite fervor amongst individuals on either side of the debate, whichever way the decisions came out

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June 2004


affirmative action, use of race, college admission