A Time to Tear Down, a Time to Build Up
Eric Hoover, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Everyone saw the wrecking ball coming. It loomed over higher education for decades, poised to demolish a specific set of ideas about educational equity and the benefits of racial diversity. And when it finally struck— when the U.S. Supreme Court announced the end of race-conscious admissions—many Americans felt its force in their gut.
A summer of uncertainty has given way to an anxious fall. College presidents, enrollment officials, high school counselors, and applicants now find themselves in a liminal zone between two eras. The next one might bring bold new commitments to enrolling and supporting more underrepresented students—or retrenchment amid intense fears of future lawsuits.