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Black Enrollment At U-M Declines

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Black enrollment at the University of Michigan declined from 7.3 to 7% this year, in startling contradiction to the University's promise to achieve 10% black enrollment by last year.

Opportunity Program director George Goodman blames inflation. In a report delivered to the Regents Nov. 14, Goodman said inflation has pushed low income families into nominally higher income brackets so they are no longer eligible for non-loan student aid.

Other observers charge the University has been less than vigorous in its recruitment efforts and failed to publicize financial aids.

The University was forced to agree to a 10% black admissions by the 1970 Black Action Movement (BAM) strike, an action which shut down the University and is considered the high tide of local campus activism.

"Because the pressure put on the University has been removed," said Henry Clay, a BAM leader contacted by the Michigan Daily last week, "I'm sure the black enrollment will decline even more next year. The trend is rather obvious. If they can get away with a .3 percent drop this year, they can continue to get away with even more in the future."

Last year Goodman said the University could "reasonably be expected" to meet the BAM goal by 1975-76, but now he says it is a matter for "waiting and seeing." There are no immediate plans for stepping up the recruitment effort.