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ERIC Number: ED536488
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 29
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1935-3510
"Griggs v. Duke Power": Implications for College Credentialing
O'Keefe, Bryan; Vedder, Richard
John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1)
This paper is about a court case decided by the U. S. Supreme Court in 1971. Although attorneys recognize that the case is important to businesses, its impact on colleges and universities has been explored by only a few. As this paper will show, "Griggs v. Duke Power" may have enormously boosted the number of students in college and may have increased the differential in income between high school and college graduates. It may have led to higher tuition, without providing commensurate additional value. This paper will describe "Griggs," the environment from which it emerged, and the subsequent judicial and political activity that created such great constraints on testing. It will discuss testing today and then provide economic information suggesting the magnitude of the changes that "Griggs" may have instigated. This paper suggests that additional scholarly work on the impact of "Griggs" on higher education is appropriate. (Contains 2 figures and 52 endnotes.) [This paper was supported by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE).]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP); John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII; Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1972
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