University of California Regents v. Bakke, Court Case

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University of California Regents v. Bakke 438 U.S. 265

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The Medical School of the University of California at Davis (hereinafter Davis) had two admissions programs for the entering class of 100 students — the regular admissions program and the special admissions program. Under the regular procedure, candidates whose overall undergraduate grade point averages fell below 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 were summarily rejected. About one out of six applicants was then given an interview, following which he was rated on a scale of 1 to 100 by each of the committee members (five in 1973 and six in 1974), his rating being based on the interviewers’ summaries, his overall grade point average, his science courses grade point average, his Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) scores, letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, and other biographical data, all of which resulted in a total “benchmark score.” The full admissions committee then made offers of admission on the basis of their review of the applicant’s file and his score, considering and acting upon applications as they were received. The committee chairman was responsible for placing names on the waiting list and had discretion to include persons with “special skills.” A separate committee, a majority of whom were members of minority groups, operated the special admissions program. The 1973 and 1974 application forms, respectively, asked candidates whether they wished to be considered as “economically and/or educationally disadvantaged” applicants and members of a “minority group” (blacks, Chicanos, Asians, American Indians). If an applicant of a minority group was found to be “disadvantaged,” he would be rated in a manner similar to the one employed by the general admissions committee. Special candidates, however, did not have to meet the 2.5 grade point cutoff and were not ranked against candidates in the general admissions process. About one-fifth of the special applicants were invited for interviews in 1973 and 1974, following which they were given benchmark scores, and the top choices were then given to the general admissions committee, which could reject special candidates for failure to meet course requirements or other specific deficiencies. The special committee continued to recommend candidates until 16 special admission selections had been made. During a four-year period, 63 minority

Source Citation:

University of California Regents v. Bakke. 1978. 438 U.S. 265 (Cal.1978). https://www.loc.gov/item/usrep438265/

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N/A. 1977. "University of California Regents v. Bakke, Court Case." History of Higher Education. https://higheredhistory.gmu.edu/primary-sources/university-of-california-regents-v-bakke-court-case/