Affirmative action/racial preferences

Appeals court upholds U. of Texas affirmative action policy

Appeals court backs U. of Texas at Austin's consideration of race in admissions, but appeal is likely headed back to Supreme Court.

New book discusses diversity strategies that don't consider race

In new book and discussion, researchers and advocates envision strategies for fostering campus diversity in a world in which race-conscious remedies are prohibited.

Author discusses book proposing a new approach to affirmative action

Author discusses a new approach to affirmative action in admissions that she says could help the disadvantaged without some of the legal and political issues that challenge current approaches.

Supreme Court upholds right of state voters to bar consideration of race in admissions

Supreme Court finds that Michigan voters had the right to bar public colleges from considering the use of race in admissions.

Student's video leads to discussion of race at UCLA

A student's video prompts a different kind of discussion about race.

Texas Christian professor sets off debate with invitation to minority students

A professor's e-mail to students he thought were minority raises the question of whether help should ever be offered only to that subset of a course's students.

New research on "mismatch" released day after Justice Thomas cites the theory to criticize affirmative action


The day after the Supreme Court justice cited "mismatch" theory to criticize affirmative action, a study is released offering new evidence questioning that analysis.

Lawyers analyze Supreme Court decision on affirmative action


Some say Supreme Court put off the real fight on affirmative action. But others believe the justices -- without saying so explicitly -- made it much harder for colleges to defend consideration of race in admissions.

Supreme Court orders new appeals court consideration of affirmative action case

Supreme Court orders new appeals court consideration of the right of U. of Texas to consider race in admissions. Ruling requires "strict scrutiny" for such policies, but doesn't offer the sort of definitive guidance on affirmative action that many expected.

Supreme Court takes another case involving affirmative action and higher education


Supreme Court agrees to decide whether Michigan voters had the right to bar public colleges and universities from considering race and ethnicity in admissions.


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