It's not surprising, but According to the Daily, UM underrepresented minority admissions have decreased from 76% last December to 33% in January, a decline of 43 percentage points (not an absolute percent, as the Daily reports -- since 1% of 1,000,000 applicants would be more than 100% of 1,000 applicants even though it's technically a 99% drop. Or maybe I have that backwards).
EDIT: Argh, more data is needed here. Like, actual numbers, for more than two years.
Subjective interpretation of the 'academic qualifications' of the incoming class is, to me, a superficially positive outcome and a red herring trumpted by those who contend that our work is done without acknowledging the discrepancies and significant issues that still exist in regarding k-12 educational opportunity. Sure, for families who can afford it, families and culture will always have more influence and ability for change in the life of a child than the government. But if Affirmative Action was just a band-aid, this is saying "screw it, it wasn't healing anyway." The playing field can be better leveled. This difference can be reconciled beyond pipe dreams.