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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

EDUC 35 Affirmative Action in Higher Education

Given the US Supreme Court’s 2023 ruling on affirmative action, how can public and private policies adapt to meet the legal standards for choosing applicants to highly selective colleges and universities?  Through a careful examination of legislation, executive policies, and legal action, this course looks at both the intent and the implementation of affirmative action, its history, its consequences, and its future. Students will consider why institutions of higher education are interested in recruiting a diverse range of students, why they have experienced lawsuits against their affirmative action policies, and how things are changing with the SCOTUS decision. Teaching methods include some traditional classroom techniques (text analysis, writing, discussion) as well as experiential education techniques (such as creating a public policy portfolio project, conversing with professionals who administer admissions programs at colleges and universities, and pitching proposals to a panel of policy experts).  This course seeks open-minded people of all political persuasions to have robust discussions that will lead to policies with a chance of succeeding in our polarized environment.



Cross Listed Courses

GOVT 30.12 PBPL 027

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Dist: SOC; WCult: CI

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