Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Poverty Preference Admissions: The New Affirmative Action?

January 14, 2016 U.S. News & World Report

Glenn Loury, professor of economics, comments on an article about affirmative action as the U.S. Supreme Court gets ready to roll back on preferential treatment during the admissions process. "If you were to move abruptly from a regime from racial affirmative action and abolishing that and seeking to replace it with a class-based focus, the impact on the representation of African-Americans in the highly selective colleges would be really quite profound," said Loury. He and others say that moving away from affirmative action to give preference to low-income students may result in a more diverse student body.

Poverty Preference Admissions: The New Affirmative Action? (comments by Glenn Loury) – U.S. News & World Report