The future of affirmative action


    Guests: Theodore Ruger, Halley Potter, Barmak Nassirian

    The Supreme Court last week upheld the Michigan ban on using race as a criteria in higher education admissions.  It was a 6-2 ruling with Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing a stirring dissent. Today we’ll talk about the decision and what it means for diversity at colleges and universities.  We start the hour with analysis of the ruling from THEODORE RUGER, Deputy Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Then, HALLEY POTTER, Policy Associate at The Century Foundation, makes a case for using class-based affirmative action to achieve diversity.  And finally, how schools are responding.  Marty talks with BARMAK NASSIRIAN, Director of Federal Relations and Policy Analysis for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

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