Affirmative action/racial preferences

Evidence for Educational Value of Diversity

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Study of white medical students finds link between institutional demographics and perceptions of ability to care for diverse populations.

'Race and Class Matters at an Elite College'

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Among the sub-debates in the debates over affirmative action are questions over the relative significance of race and class. A new book attempts to explore race and class simultaneously in a college setting. In Race and Class Matters at an Elite College, Elizabeth Aries explores the insights she gained by studying four groups of students at Amherst College: affluent white students, affluent black students, white students without a lot of money and black students without a lot of money.

Guidance or Spin on Affirmative Action Rulings?

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Education Department cautions colleges on what they must do to justify considering race in admissions decisions -- and some accuse department of try to discourage diversity efforts.

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em

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For decades, critics of standardized testing -- and especially of the SAT -- have said that these examinations fail to capture important qualities, resulting in admissions systems that favor certain groups over others, while failing to represent test takers' full identities. And generally, these critics have said, the qualities that the SAT is best at identifying are those that wealthy white students are more likely than others to possess.

Is Affirmative Action in Decline or Out of Control?

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Dueling studies arrive -- one seeing colleges moving away from consideration of race and one drawing attention to the use of race.

Nebraska Bars Use of Race in Admissions

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Critics of affirmative action hoped for bans in five states this year, and end up with at least one. Colorado outcome unclear.

A Near Tie in Colorado

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After years in which critics of consideration of race in admissions win big with the voters, why didn't that happen this year in Colorado?

What You Can't Win in Court

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After you've been called racist by some students, can you sue to get your reputation back?

A New Look at the Impact of Diversity

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Major scholarly study finds positive impacts from having roommates from different backgrounds -- and negative impacts from being members of groups largely of one race or ethnicity.

'The Latino Education Crisis'

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Generalities about "minority students" can easily hide specific issues related to various ethnic and racial groups -- and the ways they do and do not advance in the American educational systems. The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies, just published by Harvard University Press, is a scholarly attempt to focus on one fast-growing ethnic group.

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