The Supreme Court will revisit the use of affirmative action next week. They are looking to determine whether race still needs to be factored into the college admission process and if race-neutral admissions are actually effective.
It’s hard to predict what their ruling will be as there is evidence to support both sides of the argument. A recent study may sway them against affirmative action. A study, which will come out Wednesday, shows that out of the nine states that partake in race-neutral admissions, several have been able to foster a diverse campus without affirmative action. However, UCLA has experienced a decrease in minority enrollments after abandoning affirmative action.
There’s also a lot of discussion around affirmative action for class instead of race. Some argue that it’s less likely for universities to embrace programs that support students from low-income communities in need of financial assistance, then to recruit students of color from middle and upper class backgrounds.
As a graduate from one of the top universities in the country, I was plagued by claims from white students that I wouldn’t be able to attend college with them had it not been for affirmative action. (I like to think I proved them wrong by graduating on time and with honors). I also remember being alarmed that there were hardly any African-Americans on campus. The number of black students from low-income families was even lower.