With affirmative action ending, blurring the line between both entities seems more critical than ever; higher education needs assurance the student body they are receiving is as diverse as it is prepared.
July 1 marked the beginning of the new fiscal year in most states, along with it new laws that will affect K12 and higher education. But for many teachers and students, they may prove themselves disruptive to learning and instruction.
Despite Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action and state efforts to defund DEI, there are integral ways higher education can maintain its mission of cultivating a culture of diverse perspectives. "Don't be led by fear," advises Dr. David Acosta, chief diversity and inclusion officer of the AAMC.
From 2012 to 2020, the Hispanic population has increased by 26% in states where affirmative action has already been banned. However, their flagship universities' Hispanic student body has averaged only a 4% increase.
Among the cream of the crop of R1 universities, 75% of the Ivy Leagues are now female-led. Ten of the 20 schools to have appointed a female president are doing so for the first time in the school's history.