Affirmative action/racial preferences

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.

The 10% Fight Is Back

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As U. of Texas again tries to change controversial admissions system, new research shows its value for minority students who get in and challenges "mismatch" theory.

The Impact of a Ban on Affirmative Action

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New study projects a 35 percent drop in minority enrollments at the most competitive four-year colleges and universities -- but little gain for white students.

The Impact of Negative Stereotypes

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New research suggests that female and minority students are held back on standardized tests and in the college classroom.

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