Roundup: Reactions To This Week's Supreme Court Decision On Affirmative Action
Harvard Discrimination Trial Ends, But Lawsuit Is Far From Over
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Harvard Accused Of 'Racial Balancing': Lawsuit Says Asian-Americans Treated Unfairly
This is the update from the above Harvard discrimination story.
A French take on affirmative action relies on geography, not race
One of France's elite universities has a program that's inspired by American-style affirmative action. But it's not based on ethnicity or color — and some students say that's for the better.
This college freshman is worried about affirmative action — but not that it will keep him out of Harvard
Jason Fong is at the age when affirmative action programs could make a crucial difference in his life.
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Should we ban affirmative action in college admissions?
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