Affirmative action/racial preferences

Faith and Fairness

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After legal victory in religious discrimination case, former Broward Community College instructor has more to prove.

Understanding Gaps Among Asian Groups

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GAO study points to widely varying educational attainment and income of different nationalities in the United States.

Race (Still) Matters

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Amid legal and political defeats for affirmative action, sociologists present new research to illustrate the continuing impact of racial inequities.

Who Gets In -- and Why

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What are the roles of race, money and athletic talent? How is merit defined? A sociologist spent 18 months in an admissions office, and shares the tensions and idealism he found.

Race-Based Aid, After a Statewide Ban

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To bypass legal restrictions, the University of Michigan's alumni association will start awarding scholarships next fall based partially on race and gender.

Communication and Comfort Across Ethnic Lines

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Study of U. of California shows interaction among different demographic groups is commonplace, students generally feel a sense of belonging.

Access and Equity: A Comparative Perspective

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A group of Fulbright Scholars addresses major challenges to the expansion of quality higher education around the world.

Doomed to Disappoint Justice O'Connor

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Five years ago, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor saved affirmative action in public college admissions when she crafted the majority decision affirming the consideration of race in admissions by the University of Michigan's law school. While O'Connor found justifications for the (limited) consideration of race and ethnicity, she also spoke of the need for such consideration to stop at some point.

Affirmative Action Challenged Anew

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Lawsuit against U. of Texas raises novel question: If a university has diversity success with a "percent plan," does that preclude doing more?

Admissions by Software

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New technology, designed to help colleges attract diverse classes without legal challenges to affirmative action, will get first use in decision making.

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