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Fighting for Scraps in Pennsylvania

Enrollment in the state has plummeted, but it has one of the highest ratios of institutions to students in the country. The result is fierce competition over a dwindling pool of applicants.

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Education as Privilege Laundering

The most powerful contemporary magic is to transform money into “merit,” Musa al-Gharbi writes.

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After Supreme Court Ruling, Can the Essay Get You In?

It may help to identify minority students, but experts caution against expecting essays to replace affirmative action.

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Affirmative Action and the Myth of Merit

A more inclusive definition of merit provides an opportunity for higher ed to reinvent itself after the Supreme Court’s damaging decision, Demetria D. Frank, Darrell D. Jackson and Jamila Jefferson-Jones write.

The scene in front of the Supreme Court Oct. 31, when the court heard arguments in two cases challenging race-conscious admissions in higher education: a lone opponent of affirmative action, with protest signs, stands next to a group of mostly young people  rallying in support of affirmative action.

Not a Win for Asian American Applicants

The Supreme Court decision on affirmative action won’t change deeper reasons Asian Americans are disadvantaged in elite college admissions, Leelila Strogov writes.

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Advocates Celebrate End of Race-Conscious Admissions

Students and supporters of affirmative action also descended on the Supreme Court, pledging to continue fighting to make higher education accessible to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

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Duke’s Affordable Action Plan

The university’s decision to waive tuition for lower-income North and South Carolinians is officially about equity. But its potential as a recruitment tool for underserved students connects it to affirmative action’s fate.

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‘Never Have I Ever’ and Its Lessons on College Admissions

The show doesn’t get everything right, but on the most important points, it does.