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After Affirmative Action

A special report on the imperiled future of race-conscious admissions.

Illustration showing a series of closing doors

This fall the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in two cases that challenge the constitutionality of race-conscious admissions. The court’s decision, which is expected in 2023, could result in a national ban of the practice at both public and private colleges. Why has affirmative action been such an embattled policy? How would a ban affect higher ed? Are there effective “race-neutral” alternatives? Those are some of the questions animating this special report.

A version of this article appeared in the Sept. 16, 2022 issue.