Date of Award

12-2010

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Ashlyn Kuersten

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Hurwitz

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Corder

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

This thesis will examine the impact of anti-affirmative action movements in the states of Texas, Michigan, and Washington. By examining the incoming admission of minority students at law schools following anti-affirmative action movements in each state, the impact of the policy changes if any will be observed. Each state was chosen based on recent judicial decisions and legislative changes in that state which have altered or affected affirmative action in some form. This analysis will examine if these changes will decrease the matriculation of minorities admitted to these institutions. Upon examination, the short-term effects of the removal of affirmative action policy complement the stated hypothesis. As these programs are nullified, immediate drops in minority admission are observed throughout almost all sample institutions. However, long-term observations present a contrary conclusion. Long-term examination demonstrates that these drops stabilize over time. This stabilization is caused by two key occurrences. The implementation of race neutral programs and a lessening of the stigma placed on these institutions.

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