More Mismatch Publicity


Washington Journal for Saturday, October 13

Interview of Stuart opposite ACLU lawyer Courtney Bowie on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” (starts a 1:33:00)

How Racial Preferences Hurt Minority Students

Video interview of Stuart by WSJ posted together with article.

How Does Affirmative Action Impact Colleges?

Robert Siegel talks to UCLA Law Professor and author Richard Sander about the impact on California’s education system when the state banned Affirmative Action.

MSNBC: Is affirmative action helping or hurting?

Stuart and Rick on MSNBC’s “The Cycle”.

Time to End Affirmative Action? Fisher v. University of Texas

Video of Rick, Stuart and others on Cato Institute panel (shown on C-SPAN; this is Cato’s own video)

Affirmative Action At The High Court

Stuart on NPR’s “On Point: Affirmative Action At The High Court” (debate starts at 8 mins 24 secs)

Affirmative Action: Blessing or Burden?

Stuart on Don Imus program,

Stuff by Others

A Failed Policy

The moral arguments against racial preferences in higher education — racial double standards in admissions — have been made once too often. They’re powerful, but we all know them inside out: Affirmative action violates the central principle that all of us should be treated not as members of racial groups, but as individuals, judged by the content of our character.

A Harvard Man’s Critique of Affirmative Action

Michael Kinsley’s thoughts on Mismatch.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Mismatch’

Conservatives are always looking for their holy grail of social science: empirical proof that liberal policies do more harm than good. If Charles Murray was right in “Losing Ground” and welfare actually makes the poor worse off, the debate is over — no one wants to do that.

The Hidden Campus Crisis: Placing unprepared students in challenging academic environments derails their lives and careers

Few issues at the crossroads of constitutional law and policy are quite as fraught with cultural and racial tension as affirmative action, which is why it is important to stress that “Mismatch” isn’t about intelligence or IQ or even, in a sense, academic ability; it is about academic preparation, the Achilles’ heel of American education.

Ask the author: Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr. on Mismatch

Stuart and Richard answer questions about Mismatch from SCOTUSblog’s Kali Borkoski.

Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It

Publisher’s Weekly review of Mismatch.

Another Reason to End Preferences

Affirmative action also hurts the ‘beneficiaries.’

A ‘Magisterial’ Work on Affirmative Action

John Rosenberg writes about the book.

A Death Knell for Affirmative Action?

Roger Clegg, “A Death Knell for Affirmative Action,” New York Post

An Affirmative Action Solution Even Conservatives Should Love

Jeffrey Rosen, “An Affirmative Action Solution Even Conservatives Should Love,” The New Republic

Race to the Flop—The Problem with Affirmative Action

Richard Kahlenberg, Race to the Flop—The Problem with Affirmative Action, The New Republic


Jay Nordlinger writes about the book.

Preferences? What Preferences?

Essay by Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Clarence Page (pay-walled).

Is Affirmative Action Hurting the Students It’s Meant to Help?

Stuart Taylor, Jr and Richard Sandler sit down with Shane Harris to discuss Mismatch

Stuff by Us

The Unraveling of Affirmative Action

Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr., “The Unraveling of Affirmative Action: Racial preferences spring from worthy intentions, but they have had unintended consequences—including an academic mismatch in many cases between minority students and the schools to which they are admitted. There’s a better way to help the disadvantaged,” Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2012.

Why Affirmative Action Has Failed

This new evidence makes three points: First, racial preferences are exposing many or most of their supposed beneficiaries to a serious risk of academic struggle. Second, university leaders are systematically misleading these black and Hispanic recruits (and everyone else) about their academic prospects. Third, most of these preferred students are more affluent than many of the better-qualified Asians and whites who are disfavored on account of race.

Why Size Matters in College Preferences

Even for people who approve in principle of some use of racial preferences in university admissions – notably including Justice Anthony Kennedy – the size of the preferences, and of the resulting racial gaps in academic performance in college and beyond, should matter a great deal.

Keep Affirmative Action but Reform it

Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor, Jr., “Keep Affirmative Action But Reform It,” CNN.com0

Opposing view: ‘Racial balancing’ ignores inequalities

Colleges and universities shamefully neglect socioeconomic diversity and aggravate economic inequality.

Why the Court Wants to Try Again

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument next week in Fisher v. University of Texas, the high court’s first case on the use of race in higher education admissions since its 2003 decisions in Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger. Why did the court decide to revisit this issue after less than a decade?

Online Fisher symposium: A path to radical reform of racial preferences without banning them

We offer three observations for this symposium: first, some thoughts on how Fisher can reform Grutter; second, observations on the social science offered in this case; and third, a comment on the broader issues, and proper path for reform, in the Court’s longer-term jurisprudence on affirmative action.

Do Race Preferences Help Students?

There’s evidence that many students don’t thrive in colleges for which they’re far less prepared than their fellow students.

The Painful Truth About Affirmative Action

Why racial preferences in college admissions hurt minority students — and shroud the education system in dishonesty.