Affirmative Action

Appeals Court Rehears Key Affirmative Action Case Fisher v. Texas

It’s been a busy year for affirmative action.

Affirmative Action Prospects Dim After Schuette

The prospects for the pro-affirmative action plaintiffs in Tuesday’s Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action Supreme Court case were never terribly promising. And the oral arguments yesterday did little to challenge that notion.

Is Affirmative Action At Risk Again?

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today for Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. A primer for this highly technical–and important–case

Obama Administration Tells Colleges: Don't Be Afraid to Use Affirmative Action

It’s the administration’s first guidance since the Supreme Court ruled on affirmative action this summer.

The Affirmative Action Non-Ruling, Explained

Wait, what exactly did they decide? Our resident constitutional law prof breaks it down.

Justice Ginsburg's Dissent a Roadmap for Defenders of Affirmative Action

Ginsburg alone said the Supreme Court was silly to settle for such a technical ruling when they had plenty of information to dispense with Fisher’s case right now.

The Equity Gap, 1965-2013 [Infographic]

A graphic look at why affirmative action started–and what its loss may mean for higher education.

Supreme Court Issues Big Non-Decision on Affirmative Action

In short, the long, ugly fight over affirmative action will continue.

Dispatch From Academia: Equity in the Archives

Affirmative action changed my life plan. I fear that won’t be true for young women like me tomorrow.

Five Decisions to Watch From the Supreme Court

The high court’s decisions will affect the future of affirmative action, voting rights, tribal sovereignty, and marriage equality.

U.S. Reports to U.N. on Ending Racial Bias, With No Plan of Its Own

U.S. says it can do more to address racial injustice. Civil rights group agree.

Poll: People Have Never Liked Affirmative Action Less Than They Do Now

At one time, a majority of people in the U.S.–a full 61 percent–supported affirmative action. That day is long gone. Today, support for affirmative action is at record lows, with just 45 percent of people in the U.S. saying that such programs are necessary today, according to a new poll conducted by NBC

The Familiar and False Argument That Gay Rights 'Shut Out' Other Civil Rights

Once again, with gay rights in the news, a black commentator tries to talk a fake debate into existence.

Sotomayor and Thomas Benefited from Affirmative Action, But Split Starkly on Issue

He resents affirmative action. She embraces affirmative action.

Affirmative Action's Fate May Turn on Defining 'Critical Mass' of Diversity

With the policy narrowed to one promoting diversity rather than fostering equity, the Court now wants to know how its success can possibly be measured.

Reports from Supreme Court: Justices Skeptical About UT Austin's Program

Stay with for more analysis in the coming days.

Affirmative Action Is Just One Part of the Educational Equity Fight

The fight for educational equity, especially when it comes to students of color, is stuck at a far more basic level.

How Diversity Trumped Equity--and May Kill Affirmative Action

The core rationale for affirmative action has been lost in decades of legal wrangling over the policy.

The Rhetorical (De)evolution of Affirmative Action [INFOGRAPHIC]

The case for affirmative action, from President Lyndon Johnson’s soaring 1965 speech to today’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court.

Roberts Court May Have Last Word in Long Debate Over Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court has been closing the door on affirmative action since 1978. This week, justices hear the case that many believe will finally slam it shut.