After Affirmative Action
A special report on the imperiled future of race-conscious admissions.
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 Cautionary Tale'
Affirmative Action’s Big Win Always Had an AsteriskA landmark decision in 2003 posed questions about fairness that remain unresolved.
The Review | Essay
How Affirmative Action Was Derailed by DiversityThe Supreme Court has watered down the policy’s core justification: justice.
Race in Admissions
Enrolling Diverse Students When Race Is Off the TableBraced for a Supreme Court ruling restricting affirmative action, colleges examine “race neutral” alternatives.
What Would the End of Race-Conscious Admissions Mean for Minority Enrollment?Several states already ban affirmative action. Here’s what’s happened.