Affirmative Action Works -- but Judges and Policy Makers Need to Hear That Verdict

For close to two decades, a strange disjuncture has existed in academe: Many higher-education leaders have strongly embraced and defended affirmative action in admissions, yet, until recently, few have conducted research to justify its importance.

Fortunately, over the past few years, that has started to change. Academic researchers have now conducted several studies that provide credible and convincing evidence that affirmative action is beneficial to