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Professor Brittain on Legacy Preferences in College Admissions

Thursday, September 23, 2010   (0 Comments)
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On September 22, UDC Law Professor John Brittain joined other education, civil rights and legal experts as a guest panelist at a Century Foundation forum marking the release of Affirmative Action for the Rich: Legacy Preferences in College Admissions, edited by Century Foundation senior fellow Richard D. Kahlenberg. (Video from the forum can be found here.)

Affirmative Action for the Rich includes a chapter co-authored by Professor Brittain, who formerly served as Chief Counsel for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. The forum panelists and book's co-authors seek to take a lens long focused on affirmative action and use it to examine college admissions preferences for the children of alumni. Questions they seek to address include: How widespread are legacy preferences? Do they help colleges fundraise, as institutions of higher education claim? Do they hurt or help students of color? Are legacy preferences legally and politically vulnerable?

In addition, Professor Brittain's contribution was among those mentioned in an interesting commentary by Richard D. Kahlenberg published this week in The Chronicle of Higher Education: 10 Myths About Legacy Preferences in College Admissions.


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