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Dig into the evolution of race-conscious admissions with the help of The Chronicle’s archive. Read this free newsletter, delivered to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks.

You’ve seen articles and maybe online debates about affirmative action and race-conscious college admissions for years. Considering race as a factor in admissions is a complex issue with a layered history, and it’s still a live question.

The U.S. Supreme Court is now considering another pair of cases that may seal the practice’s fate.

Before the court rules on the cases — filed by the group Students for Fair Admissions against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — let’s answer this question: How did we get here?

In our new, free newsletter, we’ll guide you through the evolution of race-conscious admissions, including how it differs from affirmative action, which colleges practice it and which don’t, and how legal battles have shaped our current moment. The Chronicle was founded in 1966, 12 years before the Supreme Court decided its first case on race-conscious admissions, so our reporters have covered this issue nearly from the start.

Sign up to dig into race-conscious admissions with the help of our archive. Twice a week for four weeks, this limited-run newsletter will explain the big questions at the heart of this debate.

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