Speak Out!

March 02, 2005

THE ISSUE: NAVAL ACADEMY ADMISSIONS

A professor at the U.S. Naval Academy has generated controversy with his published claims that the college's admissions process is severely flawed. In the February issue of Proceedings, English professor Bruce Fleming criticizes what he says is preferential treatment for three groups he calls the "setasides" - applicants who are minorities, athletes or members of the fleet. The controversy comes at a time of national discussion over the role of race in the university admissions process. In 2003, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the right of public colleges to consider race in admissions procedures but struck down a point system used by the University of Michigan for minority applicants to its undergraduate school.

YOUR VIEW

Do you think the academy should make special efforts to ensure diversity when considering applicants? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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