Mississippi Desegregation Case

University Testing

The Supreme Court has turned down without comment an appeal from African American Mississippi residents who argued that the state's revised public college-admission plan and college funding formula left in place remnants of the old segregated system. In late 1997, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit had ruled that a lower court's approval of new admissions requirements for Mississippi's five historically white institutions (HWIs) and three historically black universities was "not clearly erroneous" even though the lower court judge himself had acknowledged that the policy might limit access for African American applicants.


The Supreme Court ruling did not affect the Court of Appeals' finding that the five HWIs continue to foster segregation by basing scholarship decisions on students' ACT scores (see Examiner, Summer 1997 and Spring 1996).