In response to a study that says that desegregation has been slow at the University of Maryland's College Park campus, Chancellor Robert L. Gluckstern has ordered the establishment of new goals for recruiting minority students employees.
Gluckstern said that a statewide desegregation plan adequate. But he added that new affirmative action programs on his campus would spur integration at the university.
"We should redouble our efforts to meet and, where possible, surpass the 1980 goals," he said in a desegregation status report this week.
Late last month, Maryland Attorney General Francis B. Burch petitioned U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its 4-to-3 ruling ordering a speedup of college desegregation in Maryland.
Burch argued in his petition that because one of the judges counted with the majority had died before deliberations were completed, the Circuit Court possessed no authority to include his vote even through he had approved some parts of the majority opinion.
Judge J. Braxton Craven Jr. died in May, midway during deliberations which were completed with the ruling in early August.
A response to Burch's petition is expected later this month.
In its August ruling, the court gave the Department of Health, Education and Welfare 90 days to produce desegregation guidelines for approval by the U.S. District Court in Baltimore. The state of Maryland would have 60 days after that to produce an acceptable desegregation plan, according to the ruling.
The litigation stemmed from a 1976 effort by HEW to cut off up to $65 million in federal funds to Maryland colleges for allegedly failing to develop acceptable desegregation plans.
Howell's statement said, "I will convene all the state college presidents after I become governor to determine what is best for higher education in Virginia, including opportunities in higher education for minorities. Then I will make my decision and go to Washington to speak to (HEW) Secretary (Joseph A.) Califano and to President Carter if necessary, I will persuade them as to what is best for Virginia consistent with the Constitution."
Howell has made much of his close relationship with President Carter in this campaign for the governorship.
A final resolution of the desegregation issue is expected to be left for the next governor, who will take office in early January. HEW is expected to reply to state's "reformulation" about then. Rejection of the state plan eventually could lead to an effort by HEW to cut off federal college aid in Virginia.