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We Tried to Create a Diverse College Class Without Affirmative Action


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Post the 2023 Supreme Court ruling ending affirmative action, colleges are exploring alternatives to maintain diversity. Models suggest income-based preferences, considering school poverty, rewarding academic outliers, and expanding the applicant pool can increase diversity. However, income is a weak proxy for race, and wider recruiting is essential. The models also suggest that affirmative action produced less economic diversity, favoring middle and upper-income students. The potential strategies are complex and individual colleges will apply them differently, considering factors like financial aid and legacy admissions.

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