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Affirmative Action

Pivotal Justice Stands Alone On Critical Issue

Reuters | Posted 12.11.2012 | Politics

* Justice could cast deciding vote in Texas case * Curbing affirmative action, but maybe only somewhat * Most of the arg...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Looked Better For Affirmative Action Foes | Mike Sacks | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts may have switched his vote to join the Supreme Court's liberals in last term's blockbuster health care case, ...

You Decide: Fisher vs. University of Texas

Posted 10.10.2012 | College

The Supreme Court takes up Fisher vs. The University of Texas at Austin today, in a potentially landmark case that could limit or eliminate affirmativ...

Don't Mess With Texas? How the Supreme Court Should Rule on Education Case

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 12.10.2012 | College
Rep. Mike Honda

I wholeheartedly believe that when a student's race is considered, it must be done in a careful and thoughtful way. Let us hope, for the sake of our nation's economic health, that the Supreme Court continues to let universities determine their own admissions criteria.

Diversity and Merit in College Admissions: A False Dichotomy

Wendy Kopp | Posted 12.10.2012 | Education
Wendy Kopp

All eyes are on the Supreme Court today as it considers Fisher v. University of Texas, its first case on the use of race in college admissions since 2003. If the Court sides with Fisher, our nation's colleges could soon become much less diverse -- with major repercussions in every sector of society.

Supreme Court Takes Up Affirmative Action Case

Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

By MARK SHERMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in...

Believing in Equality

Mac McCann | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Mac McCann

It is unfair to white students to have their chances of admission lessened because of their skin color. Even more so, it is degrading to minority students to imply that they need a boost simply because of their race.

Fisher v. The University of Texas: What to Expect in Oral Argument

Stephen Menendian | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Stephen Menendian

Although few legal minds devote journal space to analyzing oral argument, the Court is so closely divided on major cases that a perceptive listener can usually divine clues as to where the individual Justices may be leaning.

The View of Affirmative Action From the Other Side of the Americas

Tanya K. Hernandez | Posted 12.09.2012 | College
Tanya K. Hernandez

Just as the United States Supreme Court reconsiders the constitutionality of race-based affirmative action programs in higher education, Latin American countries such as Brazil are actively adopting nationwide affirmative action policies.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations: Why Affirmative Action Still Matters

Deborah N. Archer | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Deborah N. Archer

If the challenge is successful, Fisher would reverse decades of legal precedent, stifling universities' ability to develop a diverse student body, and closing the door to equal opportunities for students of color. Not only would minority students lose, but so would our nation.

Republicans Remain Silent On Critical Issue

Salon | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

In a political season packed with racial controversies, from food stamps to birth certificates, the attack on one of the nation’s most significant r...

Fisher v. UT: A Loaded Decision

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 12.05.2012 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

As the court considers Fisher v. University of Texas, it must keep in mind that the question is much deeper than simply who gets in and who does not.

New Poll Shows Racial Split Over Affirmative Action

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.05.2012 | College

New polling shows most people between the ages of 18-25 oppose affirmative action, but there's a big racial divide. Overall, 47 percent oppose prog...

Affirmative Action Gets First Supreme Court Hearing Since 2003

stateline | Ben Wieder | Posted 12.05.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Center on the States that provides daily r...

An Inclusive University

Daniel Little | Posted 12.02.2012 | College
Daniel Little

This positive feature of inclusiveness doesn't emerge automatically from the fact of diversity. Rather, it depends on deliberate positive efforts by students, faculty, and administrators to create the expectations and practices of inclusiveness.

The GOP Platform and the Meritocracy

Ryan Wells | Posted 10.31.2012 | College
Ryan Wells

In the U.S., we tend to consider ability and aptitude as the primary indicators of merit. These factors, however, are so wrapped up with one's socioeconomic status and family background, that in some ways those are the factors actually being measured.

Why We Still Need Affirmative Action | Posted 08.22.2012 | Black Voices

Throughout the history of American law and the long struggle for civil rights, questions have consistently arisen regarding the meaning of individual ...

The Affirmative Action Discussion Is Back On The Table

| Posted 08.20.2012 | Los Angeles

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Erica Perez Although the upcoming Supreme Court case on the University of Texas’ race...

Gene Demby

White House, Civil Rights Lawyers Weigh In On Big Racial Case | Gene Demby | Posted 08.14.2012 | Black Voices

For Cris Rubio, there wasn't much suspense about what came after he graduated high school in 2003. Rubio had been second in his class for much of his...

UT Builds Defense On Approaching Affirmative Action Case

The Huffington Post | Anna Susman | Posted 08.07.2012 | College

The University of Texas filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court defending its use of affirmative action within its admissions criteria on Monday for...

Black, Hispanic Students Remain Dramatically Underrepresented At Highly Selective Colleges

Posted 07.17.2012 | Education

Black and Hispanic students remain significantly underrepresented in the most selective colleges, according to a new report. The study, released b...

What is Diversity?

Bryant Yang | Posted 09.11.2012 | Teen
Bryant Yang

Affirmative action is necessary to compensate for past injustices, but its focus should not be race but income in the context of higher education.

Is the Debate on Gay Marriage Effectively Over?

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

So what has happened in this country that has pushed young Americans to the opposite side of the gay marriage see-saw from their parents?

Will Chief Justice Throw Another Curveball On Controversial Race Cases?

Reuters | Posted 09.05.2012 | Black Voices

(Repeats with no changes to text) By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON, July 6 (Reuters) - Over his 30 years in Washington, Chie...

Survey: Asian Americans Support Affirmative Action

The Huffington Post | Gregory Kristof | Posted 06.26.2012 | Education

New findings throw a wrench in an already heated debate on the proper place of affirmative action in college admission. According to two new reports, ...