ERIC Number: ED456193
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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A Policy Framework for Reconceptualizing the Legal Debate Concerning Affirmative Action in Higher Education.
Palmer, Scott R.
This chapter asserts that to make the case for affirmative action in higher education based on the diversity rationale, the legal debate must be reconceptualized into a policy-oriented framework. It presents a model dividing policy development into four interrelated parts: goals, objectives, strategy, and design. The policy framework is applied to the issue of affirmative action in college admissions intended to promote the educational benefits of diversity. The chapter concludes that the policy framework and analysis make a strong case for affirmative action in university admissions intended to further several core goals (improving learning, enhancing civic values, and promoting preparation for employment). This requires substantial commitment from the higher education community. The chapter examines the influence of the Supreme Court's decision in Regents of the University of California v Bakke (1978) and the Fifth Circuit Court's decision in Hopwood v. Texas (1996). It concludes with steps the higher education community must take to build its case for nonremedial affirmative action in higher education, including: evaluate more rigorously the value of student racial diversity to higher education's educational goal and explain clearly higher education's vision concerning the value of racial diversity in higher education and the role and function of affirmative action. (Contains 108 endnotes.) (SM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bakke v Regents of University of California; Hopwood v Texas