Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Susan Dynarski quoted in The Atlantic about whether socioeconomic diversity is likely to create racial diversity in college admissions


Professor Susan Dynarski was quoted in the article “The Harvard Case Is About the Future of Affirmative Action," published on October 15, in The Atlantic. Author Adam Harris explored the messages being shared by activist groups on both sides of the issue.

The Harvard case has the potential to fundamentally change if and how race can be considered in admissions. As Harvard defends its use of race in admissions in federal court, Students for Fair Admissions argues that Harvard unfairly caps the number of Asian American students it admits in order to boost the enrollment of other racial groups. One alternative argued for by the anti-affirmative-action group is to employ class-based preferences.

Dynarski raised doubts that pursuing socioeconomic diversity in admissions practices will help racially diversify a campus. “Most poor people are white. Putting a thumb on the scale for low-income students will help far more white students than black or Hispanic students,” said Dynarski.

Susan Dynarski is Professor, School of Education; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy; Professor, Department of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

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