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Mismatch

Book Description

Two legal experts make the explosive argument that affirmative action hurts minority students’ educational and career chances – and that liberals are in denial about it.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Dedication
  3. Table of Figures
  4. Preface
  5. A NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY
  6. I. - INTRODUCTION
    1. CHAPTER ONE - THE IDEA OF MISMATCH, AND WHY IT MATTERS
    2. CHAPTER TWO - A PRIMER ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
      1. 1. Contemporary affirmative action in higher education is primarily about ...
      2. 2. Racial preferences are far more than mere “tie-breakers.”
      3. 3. Virtually all colleges and universities that use racial preferences have ...
      4. 4. Racial preferences produce a “cascade effect.”
      5. 5. It’s not so easy to make up lost ground, and it’s more common to fall behind.
      6. 6. How far down the hierarchy of schools do racial preferences cascade?
      7. 7. How do racial preferences compare with other sorts of preferences used by ...
      8. 8. Do universities even attempt to use racial preferences to create pathways to ...
      9. 9. Do racial preferences single out Asians for particularly unfavorable treatment?
      10. 10. Would credential disparities disappear if admissions preferences ended?
  7. II. - STIRRINGS OF MISMATCH
    1. CHAPTER THREE - THE DISCOVERY OF THE MISMATCH EFFECT
    2. CHAPTER FOUR - LAW SCHOOL MISMATCH
    3. CHAPTER FIVE - THE DEBATE ON LAW SCHOOL MISMATCH
      1. THE SUBSTANTIVE DEBATE
    4. CHAPTER SIX - THE BREADTH OF MISMATCH
      1. LEARNING
      2. GRADES
      3. STEREOTYPES AND STIGMA
      4. GRADUATION
      5. EARNINGS AND OUTCOMES
  8. III. - THE CALIFORNIA EXPERIMENT: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A LEGAL BAN ON RACIAL PREFERENCES?
    1. CHAPTER SEVEN - PROPOSITION 209
    2. CHAPTER EIGHT - THE WARMING EFFECT
    3. CHAPTER NINE - MISMATCH AND THE SWELLING RANKS OF GRADUATES
    4. CHAPTER TEN - THE HYDRA OF PREFERENCES
  9. IV. - LAW AND IDEOLOGY
    1. CHAPTER ELEVEN - WHY ACADEMICS AVOID HONEST DEBATE ABOUT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
    2. CHAPTER TWELVE - MEDIA, POLITICS, AND THE ACCOUNTABILITY VOID
    3. CHAPTER THIRTEEN - THE SUPREME COURT
    4. CHAPTER FOURTEEN - THE GEORGE MASON AFFAIR
    5. CHAPTER FIFTEEN - TRANSPARENCY AND THE CALIFORNIA BAR AFFAIR
  10. V. - THE WAY FORWARD
    1. CHAPTER SIXTEEN - CLASS, RACE, AND THE TARGETING OF PREFERENCES
    2. CHAPTER SEVENTEEN - CLOSING THE TEST SCORE GAP
    3. CHAPTER EIGHTEEN - CONCLUSION
      1. REFORM ONE: THE POWER OF TRANSPARENCY
      2. REFORM TWO: TARGETING ECONOMIC NEED BEFORE RACIAL IDENTITY
      3. REFORM THREE: OUTLAWING RACE-BASED AID AWARDS
      4. FISHER AND THE OPPORTUNITY FOR REFORM
  11. BIBLIOGRAPHY
  12. Acknowledgments
  13. NOTES
  14. INDEX
  15. Copyright Page