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The Supreme Court will hear arguments on October 10, 2012 in a case that could change or even abolish race-based affirmative action programs in American colleges and universities.

If the Court goes that way, as many expect, what will happen to diversity on campus?

A new report released today by The Century Foundation looks at what has happened in California, Texas, Florida and other states when affirmative action programs were changed or eliminated.

In the report, The Century Foundation Senior Fellow Richard Kahlenberg argues that racial diversity in college admissions can be maintained by using economic advantage instead of race.  

According to news coverage of the report:

A new report from the Century Foundation, released one week before the Supreme Court is set to hear what could be a landmark case on affirmative action in university admissions, argues that universities could become more diverse by eliminating the consideration of race.
And in the AP (via USAToday):
(the report finds that)...in most places, the report argues, a combination of measures -- aggressive outreach, de-emphasizing of standardized tests, affirmative action based on class instead of race, and even getting rid of legacy preferences that mostly benefit whites -- has allowed minority representation on their campuses to recover to previous levels.
The Century Foundation is a progressive think tank founded in 1919 with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Learn more here.
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  •  Class-based programs miss the point. (0+ / 0-)

    A black kid from a poor neighborhood faces discrimination that a poor white kid doesn't face.

    This is why AA should be race-based, to account for current (not historical) racial discrimination.

    The question is, how much racism is out there today? I think there is much less than 20 years ago.

    The right thing to do is to make AA programs commensurate with the documented, measurable level of discrimination. This means that they should (hopefully) get smaller and smaller each year.

    Lastly, if race-based AA was scrapped, it would not be a bad thing. These programs do help Black people, but the political backlash is horrible.

    What can you say to an Asian kid who didn't get into a school even though he has the highest scores? That kid will be so bitter that he'll be a Republican for life!

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