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Chilling Admissions: The Affirmative Action Crisis and the Search for Alternatives

Authors: Gary Orfield, Edward Miller, Christopher Edley, Jr.
Date Published: January 01, 1988

The essays in this volume represent the work of the leading scholars of affirmative action in higher education, and place the current crisis on campus in its larger context of historical discrimination and the legal battle for educational equity.


Harvard Education Publishing Group, Copyright © 1998
ISBN 1-891792-00-8

About the book

After a generation of efforts to reverse the historic exclusion of minorities from their campuses, U.S. colleges and universities are facing a frontal attack on the programs, policies, and commitments born of these efforts. Chilling Admissions documents and examines their struggle to foresee the consequences of abandoning affirmative action in admissions and financial aid, and to devise viable alternatives for promoting and preserving campus diversity.


Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Christopher Edley, Jr.
  • "Campus Resegregation and Its Alternatives" by Gary Orfield
  • "Misconceptions in the Debate Over Affirmative Action in College Admissions" by Thomas J. Kane
  • "No Alternative: The Effects of Color-Blind Admissions in California" by Jerome Karabel
  • "Hopwood in Texas: The Untimely end of Affirmative Actions" by Jorge Chapa and Vincent A. Lazaro
  • "The Hopwood Chill: How the Court Derailed Diversity Efforts at Texas A&M" by Susanna Finnell
  • "Notes from the Field: Higher Education Desegregation" by Robert A. Kronley and Claire V. Handley
  • "Race and Testing in College Admissions" by Michael T. Nettles, Laura W. Perna, and Catherine M. Millett
  • "Testing a New Approach to Admissions: The Irvine Experience" by Susan A. Wilbur and Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth
  • "An Admissions Process for a Multiethnic Society" by Greg Tanaka, Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth, and Alexander W. Astin
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