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Affirmative action and the future of college admissions

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In October, the Supreme Court heard two cases on the use of affirmative action in college admissions, otherwise known as race-conscious admissions. The Court is expected to issue their decision in June, with many experts predicting that the outcome will severely limit, if not eliminate, the use of race-based affirmative action in college admissions. While some states have banned affirmative action for years, the majority of colleges across the country will face a dramatically different admissions landscape this fall. 

On May 23, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings held a virtual event with leading education experts to explore the history of affirmative action in higher education, how affirmative action fits in a broader system of admissions criteria, and the likely impact of the Supreme Court’s decisions on college enrollment.  

Viewers can submit questions for speakers by emailing or via Twitter at @BrookingsGov by using #FutureofAdmissions. 



Cara McClellan

Director of the Advocacy for Racial and Civil Justice Clinic and Practice Associate Professor of Law - University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Mitchell J. Chang

Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Professor of Higher Education and Organizational Change - University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies

Kelly E. Slay

Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Public Policy, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations - Vanderbilt University, Peabody College

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