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.
By Thomas R. Pickering, Working Group Chair
Published by The Century Foundation Press, May 14, 2015
Pakistan is at a crossroads—can it rise to the challenge of confronting militancy, a lagging economy, and multiple governance failures? [...]
Published by The Century Foundation, May 11, 2015
State pre-K programs have roughly doubled in funding and enrollment over the past ten years, and an increase in classroom diversity could make these programs even better. [...]
By Mark Zuckerman, Sam Adler-Bell, Jacob Anbinder, Neil Bhatiya, Mike Cassidy, and Clio Chang
Published by The Century Foundation, May 7, 2015
President Obama's has used his "pen and phone" strategy to great effect in pursuing a progressive policy agenda through executive actions. For this report, TCF staff have reviewed the wide range [...]
By Jeanne L. Reid, Sharon Lynn Kagan, Michael Hilton, Halley Potter
Published by The Century Foundation, April 3, 2015
Studies have shown that children learn more in socioeconomically and racially diverse preschool classrooms—so why don't we make classroom integration a priority? [...]