Mark Kennedy asked if he could skip a Colorado Public Radio question on affirmative action. Here’s his processed answer.

When Mark R. Kennedy, the rival for the University of Colorado’s presidency, was queried about affirmative action in a Colorado Public Radio interview that airy Wednesday, he asked if he could decline to answer the question.

Host Ryan Warner documented the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights requiring Texas technical school University’s medical school to stop considering race in admissions. Warner asked Kennedy what his thoughts were, in general, on affirmative action in Colorado college admissions.

Kennedy stumbled.

“I have not wrestled with that at a university yet, in that restrictions have not been as — let me go back,” Kennedy told Warner. “Can I just not answer that question?”

Kennedy told Warner the question caught him off guard and followed up with: “I think however we do admissions, it has to be done in a way to recognize that diversity provides a benefit to all and there are galore shipway of doing that.”

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Kennedy later told The Denver Post that his awkward answer was a result of thinking he was going to be late to a meeting. “Which I did end up being late for,” he aforementioned. “My concern was the time to get to my next meeting.”

The University of North Dakota president processed that he believes affirmative action policies can’t give “undue benefit or undue penalty” to applicants.

“I’m in favor of programs and colleges exploring how do we make sure that we’re achieving the benefits of diversity,” Kennedy told The Post.

Kennedy besides aforementioned he wasn’t familiar with the particular Texas technical school situation Warner documented, having had “a busy couple of days.”

“The university has to balance achieving the diverse class that we seek in a way that doesn’t below the belt advantage or disadvantage any applicants,” Kennedy aforementioned. “Universities can use atomistical review processes or admissions that factor in property like race or first-generation college applicants in a non-prescriptive way.”

At the University of North Dakota, Kennedy aforementioned the medical school looks for rural applicants and those with Native American heritage, as that’s the largest minority population in the area.

“If you look particularly from our medical professional, the bulk of American Indian medical professionals in North Dakota and around the country come from our medical programs given that we are focused on meeting those inevitably,” Kennedy aforementioned. “We recognize the demographics in Colorado are different, but the commitment to meet the inevitably of all citizens of the state remains the same.”

The selection of Kennedy instantly stirred contention over his votes against gay marriage and in favor of abortion restrictions piece he served as a member of Congress representing Minnesota in the early 2000s. Students have protested, faculty have written open letters and North Dakota politicos have shared their conflicting opinions of the man the CU Board of Regents nem con distinct to name the sole rival.

Patrick O’Rourke, general counsel for the CU system, aforementioned the university follows a atomistical admissions process that not only looks at the academic performance of students, but what they bring to an incoming class in a broad sense of diversity.

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“It does allow us to look at race, but not in a way that would in any way assign a hard number of points for that,” O’Rourke aforementioned.

O’Rourke aforementioned each CU field has its own admissions process and criteria for what it’s looking at to judge which students are right for them.

“They look at the composition of their class and are they getting the diversity of an incoming class that they’re trying to accomplish without having any preset number of men, women, Hispanic students — because then you’re creating a quota system, which universities can’t do,” O’Rourke aforementioned.