Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear Fisher v. Texas, the most recent legal challenge to affirmative action. Century Foundation Senior Fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg has been following the case and explaining the issues at stake. “It’s not whether we should have affirmative action or whether we shouldn’t, it’s what kind of affirmative action should we stress: race-based or race-neutral?” said Kahlenberg in Slate. “The best thing the Supreme Court could do is make universities focus on the looming class divide in higher education.”
Learn more about the debate over the use of race in college admissions by following Kahlenberg’s commentary on Fisher v. Texas:
§ Kahlenberg explains “What Obama Should Say About the Texas Affirmative Action Case” in Slate.
§ In his latest blog for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Kahlenberg explores economically based alternatives to race-based affirmative action. (More of Kahlenberg’s commentary on the case from his Chronicle blogs throughout the past year can be found here.)
§ Kahlenberg and Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, discuss the case on The Takeaway.
§ Kahlenberg was interviewed about the case by the Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, and Mother Jones.
“Arguably the nation’s chief proponent of class-based affirmative action in higher education admissions,”Kahlenberg has also worked on other projects over the years that address issues at the heart of Fisher v. Texas:
§ The Remedy: Class, Race, and Affirmative Action (Basic Books, 1996)
§ America’s Untapped Resource: Low-Income Students in Higher Education (The Century Foundation, 2004)
§ Rewarding Strivers: Helping Low-Income Students Succeed in College (The Century Foundation, 2010)