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Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It's Intended To Help, And Why Universities Won't Admit It

Tuesday November 2012


Stuart Taylor, Jr. Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution
Richard H. Sander Professor of Law, University of California School of Law

On the basis of revealing new data and interviews, the new book, Mismatch, argues that affirmative action in higher education hurts the students it is intended to help, putting minority students in direct competition with better-prepared classmates and setting colleges and universities up to dodge the truth about what is happening on campus.

The authors, Stuart Taylor, Jr., and Richard H. Sander, have long studied issues of race and equality. Taylor is a lawyer, journalist and Brookings fellow, who has worked at The New York Times, National Journal and Newsweek. Sander, a former civil rights activist and community organizer, is a law professor and economist at UCLA. Taylor and Sander filed their own brief in Fisher v. Texas, the challenge to affirmative action in college admissions now under review by the U.S. Supreme Court.