The symposium’s most attended event was the afternoon keynote address, which focused on the debate between class- and race-based affirmative action. Keynote speaker Richard Kahlenberg from the Century Foundation in Washington, D.C., argued that affirmative action based on socioeconomic status is a more viable option than that based on race, calling it the future of affirmative action.
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TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg was quoted in a recent article discussing the relationship of profit and the private sector to online education.
“Liberals tend to be more suspicious of the profit motive of education,” said Richard Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at progressive think tank the Century Foundation. “Where as Republicans tend to come at this with a pro-market bias and think more competition is better.”
Full article here.
In the Wall Street Journal, TCF senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg presents "race-neutral alternatives to affirmative action" in light of recent struggles for colleges to obtain student body diversity.
In a 2012 study of 10 public universities that employed "race-neutral alternatives to affirmative action"—such as California's outreach and changes to eligibility criteria—Mr. Kahlenberg's organization found that at seven, "the representation of African-Americans and Latinos met or exceeded the levels achieved when the universities had used racial preferences."
Berkeley, UCLA and the University of Michigan were the exceptions, he said, because they are recruiting the same group of students as many elite private colleges that can consider race in admission and offer more scholarships. Competitive public universities face "a tilted playing field."
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TCF senior fellow Richard Kahlenberg makes the case for socioeconomic integration of schools at the K-12 level as part of a forum on economic segregation in schools at New York University’s Furman Center. Read Kahlenberg’s full post, and check out the other entries in the series.
Last week, a New York Times column by Suzanne Mettler brought attention to the evolution of college from a mediator of equality to one of inequality, categorizing the current system of higher education as a caste system. Mettler contends that the astronomically large cost of college has become too much to bear for many low- and middle-class students, either effectively constraining their choice of university or forcing them to graduate with large amounts of student debt. This is particularly worrisome given the poor job market, in which a college degree is now a requisite for many jobs but is by no means a guarantee of employment after graduation.
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Looking at data from the international test known as PISA, researchers found that nations celebrated for their academic achievement, such as Finland and Canada, were having great success in part because of greater socioeconomic integration. In fact, Finland, often held up as the gold standard of educational excellence, has the lowest level of segregation by socioeconomics of all 57 participating countries, as outlined by Richard Kahlenberg in American Educator.
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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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