Author: Julie Park

Assistant professor of education at the University of Maryland, College Park; author of When Diversity Drops: Race, Religion, and Affirmative Action in Higher Education.

Class-Based Affirmative Action

In the press, debates over affirmative action in higher education pit liberals (who support taking race into account in admissions) and conservatives (who oppose it). But there is a third way on the issue—affirmative action based on class, rather than race—which is far more progressive than our current system of racial preferences, the class-based approach is quickly gaining ground.

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