In Our Own Backyards
The June ruling by the Supreme Court on race-conscious admissions should be a wake-up call to rethink how we fully embrace an expansive talent pool in our own backyards.
Too many students are sidelined by “walls around opportunity” that serve as “powerful sorting pressures of our stratified society,” to use Gary Orfield’s terms. It is absolutely critical to take down those walls and expand our understanding of the diverse talent pool. This is the future of higher education in the U.S., and we need to get beyond business as usual in admissions to see that our role includes offering precollege experiences, collaborating across institutions and providing a fulsome support system to match the reality of students’ lives.
Originally published: October 2, 2023
Author: Nancy Cantor
Institution: Rutgers University of Newark
Published by: Inside Higher Ed