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ERIC Number: ED446535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-2
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Affirmative Action in Higher Education: A Current Legal Overview.
Alger, Jonathan
Legal challenges to affirmative action continue in a variety of contexts within higher education, creating confusion and uncertainty for colleges and universities. This paper examines cases brought in federal court, although other complaints related to affirmative action programs have been filed in state courts and with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other federal and state agencies. Statistics show that members of many minority groups are underrepresented within student and faculty ranks throughout higher education, and significant barriers to equal access in higher education remain. The first section presents cases related to student recruitment, admissions, and financial aid, discussing the desegregation context of several cases and looking at cases against federal programs. The next section examines cases related to faculty employment decisions. The final section focuses on cases that have arisen in elementary and secondary education, which have struggled for years with court ordered desegregation. (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Univ. Professors, Washington, DC.