The Supreme Court's two split decisions Monday on the affirmative action programs at the University of Michigan's law school and in its undergraduate college seem to leave the country with a glass that is half full. Though it's easy to understand Michigan's president Mary Sue Coleman calling it a "tremendous victory" for all of higher education, the court did find the university's somewhat clumsy point system for undergraduate admissions too close to quotas for comfort. If, however, the court had decided against the university in both cases, and had not agreed that race can be part of admission decisions, the hard ground gained over the past 50 years would not be available to future... More >>>