Avoiding Another Michigan

THE SUPREME COURT WON'T consider the merits of the University of Michigan's affirmative-action policies for another few weeks. But even before the court rules on the closely watched case, some universities are cutting back on programs that favor minorities, so they won't be sued. Both M.I.T. and Princeton have decided to allow anyone to apply for summer programs that were previously open only to under-represented minority students. "It would be impossible to defend these programs legally," says Robert P. Redwine, M.I.T.'s dean of undergraduate education.

The widely publicized Michigan case involves policies that use race as a factor in admissions. But...

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