Just as the Supreme Court takes up another university affirmative action case for the first time since its “split decision” in the controversial University of Michigan cases in 2003, a new book comes out, Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It
. Through detailed empirical research, the authors document the mismatch between schools and students, the effects on the students and the professions they had hoped to enter, and what needs to be done to better address the goals of affirmative action, consistent with the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the rule of law. Please join us, one day before oral argument in Fisher v. University of Texas
, for a discussion of the book, the case, and the broader questions surrounding our 40-year experiment with affirmative action.