Questions I’ve Been Asked: Part 5

diversegroup-1034160_640Q:  How would college and professional demographics change if U.S. universities abolished affirmative action and diversity programs?

A:  Many schools that did away with Affimative Action created alternate means to pursue diversity and succeeded wildly.  These are often referred to as race-neutral strategies, and include socio-economic diversity.  Given the growing body of evidence that racial and ethnic diversity enhance learning and increase innovation, most schools are interested in identifying means to develop diverse student populations.  The bigger question is, are the universities willing to open their doors to high-achieving poor and working class students, when it is easier and cheaper for them to enroll the most-priviledged students of any race?

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