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Separate but Unequal in College Greek Life

August 12, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: Clio Chang TOPICS: Education, Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions

TCF policy associate Clio Chang investigates elitism from the frat house to the fortune 500 and finds that Greek systems at the nation's elite colleges and universities are exacerbating class divides.

Tags: sororities, sexual assault, racism, greek life, fraternities, diversity, class segregation

Texas Ruling Is Called Threat to Efforts to Move Beyond Race in Admissions

TCF senior fellow, Richard D. Kahlenberg, has been mentioned in a Chronicle article about a federal court ruling that could threaten efforts to achieve racially diverse student bodies in universities.

A recent federal-court ruling upholding race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas at Austin looms as a threat to other colleges’ efforts to achieve diversity without racial preferences, several leading critics of affirmative action argue in urging that the decision be overturned.

Last month’s 2-to-1 ruling in favor of Texas by a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit clears the way for other colleges to abandon effective race-neutral efforts at enrolling a diverse student body, the briefs argue in urging the full Fifth Circuit to hear an appeal.

Read the full article.

Tags: university admissions, universities, racial diversity, diversity in education, diversity, college students, college education, affirmative action

Affirmative Action Round-Up Post

June 19, 2014 COMMENTARY BY: The Century Foundation TOPICS: Education, Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions

This has been a busy week for The Century Foundation’s education team. 

  • On Tuesday, TCF and the Lumina Foundation released a new volume, entitled The Future of Affirmative Action. You can read the introduction (by TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg) online. The entire volume is available for reading online, or for download and printing.
  • Also on Tuesday, TCF and Lumina jointly sponsored a launch event in Washington, D.C. If you missed the event in person, don't worry: You can watch the full video online at Lumina’s website.
  • The New York Times’ David Leonhardt covered some higlights from the volume in his piece, “If Affirmative Action Is Doomed, What”s Next?"
  • Richard Kahlenberg also wrote a piece for The Chronicle of Higher Education summarizing one of the volume’s chapters featuring new research from Tony Carnevale, Stephen Rose, and Jeff Strohl. Read “What Sotomayor Gets Wrong About Affirmative Action.”
  • Inside Higher Ed also covered research from the book and discussion from Tuesday’s event in a piece entitled, “Race-Blind Affirmative Action?
Tags: the future of affirmative action, the century foundation, socioeconomic affirmative action, richard kahlenberg, lumina foundation, affirmative action

Lumina Ideas Summit: New Pathways to Higher Education Diversity

June 17, 2014 9:00 AM

This summit will reinforce the importance of racial and socioeconomic diversity in higher education, and identify new paths to achieving these goals relative to legal constraints recently determined by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Register For Event

Why I’m Skipping My Harvard Reunion (A Call to Action)

Evan Mandery cites TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg's Affirmative Action for the Rich in arguing for eliminating legacy admissions at Harvard University. Read the full piece at the Huffington Post.

Tags: rick kahlenberg, richard kahlenberg, legacy admissions, huffington post, harvard, evan mandery, affirmative action for the rich

The Disappearing California Dream

An article in Inside Higher Ed cites TCF fellow Suzanne Mettler’s new book, Degrees of Inequality, in support of his claim that “higher education may actually be reducing opportunity to create a more level playing field.” Read the full piece at Inside Higher Ed.

Tags: suzanne mettler, inside higher ed, degrees of inequality, college access




Most K-12 education reforms are about trying to make "separate but equal" schools for rich and poor work well. The results of these efforts have been discouraging. The Century Foundation looks at ways to integrate public schools by economic status through public school choice. At the higher education level, we examine ways to open the doors of selective and non-selective institutions to students of modest means.

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