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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Regents continue to address race-based admission, praise budget

Discussion of the UW System's use of race-based admissions continued in a Board of Regents meeting Friday after it was cut short at the meeting the previous day. 




Pat Brady, deputy general counsel for the UW System, said its admissions policies do not violate a state law that prohibits discrimination in education based on race and other factors, as Regents Jonathan Barry and Fred Mohs had suggested at the Thursday meeting.  




'For all the reasons we discussed yesterday, a properly constructed race-conscious admissions program is not discriminatory,' she said. 




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Mohs said he still did not agree. 




'This is probably not the place to argue the legalities of this,' he said. 'I do not agree with your interpretation.' 




Barry and Mohs asked that the admissions process be further reviewed by the Board of Regents' education committee. 




In addition, the board also adopted resolutions expressing appreciation to the Gov. Scott McCallum and the Legislature for the recently approved budget, to James Thomson, other UW-Madison scientists, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation for their involvement with stem-cell research, to UW System President Katherine Lyall and Regent President Jay Smith for their work throughout the budget process, said Kevin Boatright, assistant vice president for UW System relations.

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