Whatever the outcome, Schuette wants Michigan universities to continue seeking diverse student bodies — without resorting to affirmative action.
“This case really drives a discussion about the need for diversity, which I value and I support, and it’s how you accomplish this goal that there may be differences,” he said. “I believe diversity is so very important, but… in Michigan we are doing it by constitutional means, not by any means necessary.”
For Schuette, constitutional means include making better recruitment efforts into minority communities.
“There are ways to assist and reach out,” he said.
Schuette would like to see more universities allocate significant grant money toward the recruitment of worthy minority candidates. (RELATED: UMich gets $200 million donation to buy nicer stuff, debt-weary students shrug)
“We spend a lot of time on football, do we have the same intensity recruiting academic brilliance?” he asked.
Oral arguments in the case begin October 15.