By Richard D. Kahlenberg, editor
Published by The Century Foundation Press, September 15, 2010
The use of race-based affirmative action in higher education has given rise to hundreds of books and law review articles, numerous court decisions, and several state initiatives to ban the practice. However, surprisingly little has been said or written or done to challenge a larger, longstanding "affirmative action" program that tends to benefit wealthy whites: legacy preferences for the children of alumni.
Affirmative Action for the Rich sketches the origins of legacy preferences, examines the philosophical issues they raise, outlines the extent of their use today, studies their impact on university fundraising, and reviews their implications for civil rights. In addition, the book outlines two new theories challenging the legality of legacy preferences, examines how a judge might review those claims, and assesses public policy options for curtailing alumni preferences.
The book includes chapters by Michael Lind of the New America Foundation; Peter Schmidt of the Chronicle of Higher Education; former Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Golden; Chad Coffman of Winnemac Consulting, attorney Tara O'Neil, and student Brian Starr; John Brittain of the University of the District of Columbia Law School and attorney Eric Bloom; Carlton Larson of the University of California-Davis School of Law; attorneys Steve Shadowen and Sozi Tulante; Sixth Circuit Court Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr. and attorney Donya Khalili; and education writer Peter Sacks.
Published by Oxford University Press, August 18, 2014
Has the public preoccupation with tax policy obscured a greater understanding of government's ability to enhance the general welfare and prosperity of our society at large? [...]
By Jeff Madrick
Published by Knopf, August 15, 2014
The author of the widely praised Age of Greed now gives us a bold indictment of some of our most accepted economic theories—why they're wrong, the harm they've [...]
Published by Teacher's College Press, August 7, 2014
Moving beyond the debate over whether or not charter schools should exist, A Smarter Charter wrestles with the question of what kind of charter schools we should encourage. [...]
Published by The Century Foundation Press, June 17, 2014
With race-based admission programs increasingly curtailed, how can colleges pursue race-neutral approaches as a method of promoting diversity? [...]