Education Now Building Diverse College Communities How higher education has reacted to the end of affirmative action and the path forward for equity Posted August 23, 2023 By News editor College Access and Success Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education Policy Education Reform Higher Education Leadership Inequality and Education Gaps Online Education Organizational Change In a special one-hour edition of Education Now, five experts discussed fresh approaches and new imperatives to expanding access to higher education in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling against affirmative action. Panelists considered the institutional reaction to the ruling and how schools can better create pathways for underserved student communities, better value diversity and work to center a wide array of voices and backgrounds in its students and faculty. Other topics of conversation included the overall cost and affordability of higher education, the impact of legacy admissions on prestige institutions and the disconnect between admissions and institutional goals in higher education. Guests:Dominique Baker, Associate Professor of Education Policy, Southern Methodist UniversityWil Del Pilar, Senior Vice President, The Education TrustRick Weissbourd, Senior Lecturer, HGSE and Harvard Kennedy School; Director, Making Caring CommonSusan Dynarski, Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education, HGSEGary May, Chancellor, University of California, DavisHost:Francesca Purcell, Senior Lecturer on Education, HGSEResources:Departments of Justice and Education Q&A on the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmative action decision (PDF)With End of Affirmative Action, a Push for a New Tool: Adversity Scores (New York Times)Colleges decry Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, but most have terrible track records on diversity (Hechinger Report)President Biden Announces Actions to Promote Educational Opportunity and Diversity in Colleges and Universities (WhiteHouse.gov)Taking Care of Siblings? Put it on the Common App (HGSE) Education Now A webinar and newsletter series to shape new approaches to challenges in education Explore All Articles Related Articles Education Now Making College Attainable What higher education institutions and policymakers can do to open the doors and put more students on the path to college and a degree News Higher Ed. at Harvard Event Addresses Looming End of Affirmative Action A panel of three experts weighed in on what higher education can do in the wake of a pending Supreme Court ruling Education Now Making College Diversity Efforts Sustainable — and Impactful A discussion with three leaders with different lenses and long histories in doing the work of advancing equity and opportunity inside organizations.