Equal Opportunity in Higher Education examines issues pertaining to equal opportunity—affirmative action, challenges to it, and alternatives for improving opportunities for underrepresented groups—in higher education today.
Its starting point is California’s Proposition 209, which ended race-based affirmative action in public education and the workplace in 1996. The book carefully considers how Proposition 209 reflects national trends that have changed higher education policy and practice, from admissions to student diversity to standards. With a roster of leading scholars and administrators—including Chancellor Robert Birgeneau of the University of California, Berkeley, and President Mary Sue Coleman of the University of Michigan—Equal Opportunity in Higher Education is a crucial assessment of one of the most important issues facing higher education."
Eric Grodsky is associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. In his substantive work, Grodsky seeks to understand the dimensions and causes of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequality in educational achievement, college attendance, and completion. Grodsky has published his work in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Social Forces, in addition to other venues.
Michal Kurlaender is associate professor at the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on education policy and evaluation, in particular, the causes and consequences of educational inequality at various stages of the educational attainment process. She is currently investigating policies and practices aimed at improving college access, persistence, and degree completion. Kurlaender’s work has been published in a variety of academic and policy venues.