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Income Inequality Is A Major Barrier To Attending College
Suzanne Mettler April 24, 2014

TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler discusses income inequality in education with NPR's Morning Edition. Click here for the transcript and audio.

How Did the Affirmative Action Ban Get to the Supreme Court?
Halley Potter April 24, 2014

TCF policy associate Halley Potter speaks with Al Jazeera America's Inside Story on the affirmative action ban and how socioeconomic factors can also encourage racial diversity in higher education.

Read more here

Wonkbook: The Supreme Court deals a blow to affirmative action
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 24, 2014

Wonkbook mentions senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg's recent commentary on affirmative action in higher education after the Schuette decision.

Read more here.

The Case for Race-Blind Affirmative Action
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 24, 2014

TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg speaks to The New Yorker on class-based admissions policies after the Schuette decision.


“If college admissions officers want to be fair—truly meritocratic—they need to consider not a student’s raw academic credentials, but also what obstacles she had to overcome to achieve them,” Kahlenberg notes. “A 1200 SAT score surely means something more for a low-income, first-generation college applicant who attended terrible schools than it does for a student whose parents have graduate degrees and pay for the finest schooling.”

Read the full article at The New Yorker.

Halley Potter on The Joel Riley Show
Halley Potter April 24, 2014

Policy associate Halley Potter represents class-based affirmative action on Ohio's The Joel Riley Show. Listen to the interview below.

South Asia and Climate Vulnerability
Neil Bhatiya April 23, 2014

For Foreign Policy’s South Asia Channel, TCF policy associate Neil Bhatiya looks at how vulnerable South Asia is to climate change based on the IPCC’s latest report.


The destruction that flooding could wreak in South Asia's low-lying and urban areas is cruelly complemented by the effects that drought and changes in seasonal rainfall will have on agriculture. Extreme heat is already disrupting the growing season for regions in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. Wheat production in the Indian portion of the Indo-Gangetic Plains, a fertile area that also encompasses parts of Pakistan and Bangladesh, may decrease by up to 50 percent by 2100, harming the hundreds of millions of people who rely on it for sustenance.

You can read the whole piece on FP’s South Asia site.

OK, Michigan Can Ban Affirmative Action
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 23, 2014

Slate's Emily Bazelon discusses yesterday's Supreme Court rulling allowing Michigan to ban affirmative action, with reference to class-based affirmative action research from TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg.


According to Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation, who has studied affirmative action for years, in seven of the states that have banned it, leading and other public universities have maintained black and Latino enrollment and admitted more low-income students. As I explained in October, “Some of the schools have taken income and wealth and neighborhood into account. Some have plans that admit the top 10 percent of high school graduates statewide. Three have banned legacy preferences.” Those are strategies for achieving racial diversity that also improve socioeconomic diversity, which at many selective schools is sorely lacking.

Read the full article here.

Reading into SCOTUS and affirmative action
Halley Potter April 23, 2014

TCF policy associate Halley Potter appears on All In With Chris Hayes on MSNBC to discuss class-based affirmative action after the Scheutte decision. Watch a clip of the segment below.


Affirmative Action Ruling Challenges Colleges Seeking Diversity
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 23, 2014

Providing alternatives in light of the Scheutte decision, TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg is quoted in Bloomberg on new ways to spur diversity.


Public universities in those states are likely to turn to other admissions criteria that promote diversity in their student bodies without explicitly considering race. One route is to give preference in admissions to low-income students, since minority families tend to earn less than whites, said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, a public policy research organization in Washington.

Read the full article here.

Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Affirmative Action?
Richard D. Kahlenberg April 23, 2014

In Politico, TCF senior fellow and affirmative action authority Richard Kahlenberg weighs in on the Supreme Court's Scheutte v. Coalition decision. The ruling allows the state of Michigan to ban affirmative action in college admissions.


The Schuette decision, technically speaking, did not go to the merits of whether affirmative action policies are constitutional and instead raised a question about whether the political process by which voters banned racial preferences was fair. Nevertheless, in their opinions in the case, the justices couldn’t help expressing their views on affirmative action policies, giving more indication of where the court is headed on this issue.

Read Kahlenberg's response here.

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