Affirmative action/racial preferences

Not So Super Tuesday

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Opponents of affirmative action thought they could ban it in 5 states this Election Day. Now they can only hope for 3. A look at what might be ahead.

Challenging Beliefs on Asian-American Students

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New analysis suggests that convention wisdom is wrong -- and that stereotypes are preventing necessary discussion about education needs and trends.

Inquiry Into Alleged Anti-Asian Bias Expands

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Education Department converts complaint of one rejected applicant to Princeton into a broad "compliance review" of the university's admissions system.

Diversity Meets Data at George Mason Law

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Statistics reveal a vastly greater academic failure rate among African-American versus other students, raising questions about ABA diversity standards and the effectiveness of outreach programs.

McCain Comes Out Against Affirmative Action

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In reversal of earlier position, candidate backs state ballot measures to bar public colleges and universities from considering race in admissions and hiring.

Turning the Tables on Affirmative Action Foes

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Colorado group challenges Ward Connerly's latest referendum by trying to put its own anti-quota measure on the fall ballot -- in a way that would preserve current diversity programs.

Attacking the 'Mismatch' Critique of Affirmative Action

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One of the more influential and controversial studies of affirmative action in recent years came from Richard H. Sander in 2004. The law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles analyzed statistics about black law students and argued that they show that affirmative action hurts them by helping many gain admission to institutions where they are unlikely to be top students.

Clarence Thomas, Champion of Black Colleges

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Supreme Court justice urges educators to respect their mission -- and also reflects on his early days, desegregation and affirmative action.

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.

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