Affirmative Action Now: A Guide for Students, Families, and Counselors

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 425 pages

This timely work addresses the present state of affirmative action in higher education after the landmark decisions of Gratz v. Bollnger and Grutter v. Bollinger. Informative chapters provide an overall understanding of the history of affirmative action in higher education in the United States, pointers to students on writing the crucial application essay, and discussion of the percentage plan states. Other chapters explore financial and student aid and historically black colleges and universities, and offer advice for veterans returning to school. Resource chapters include lists of print and nonprint sources for further research and reading. Accessible, practical and up-to-date, this one-stop guide reassures students and families that higher education remains within their grasp.

Affirmative Action Now facilitates understanding of the current practice of affirmative action in undergraduate, graduate, and professional school admissions. Concrete suggestions, including 15 rules to consider when applying for admission, provide a leg-up to the attentive student. In addition, detailed appendices provide an Affirmative Action Application Checklist along with other helpful data. Students, families and counselors will find a goldmine of useful information and practical advice in this accessible guide.


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An Overview on the EverChanging Notion of Affirmative Action in Higher Education
How Did We Get to This Point? A Brief History of the Usage of Affirmative Action in Higher Education from the Tumultuous Civil Rights Era to Gr...
Gratz v Bollinger and Grutter v Bollinger The Changing Affirmative Action Analysis
How Colleges and Universities Revised or Eliminated Affirmative Action Programs in the Immediate Aftermath of the Gratz and Grutter Decisions
What about Affirmative Action in Percentage Plan States? The Unsettled Status of Affirmative Action in Higher Education in California Texas and Fl...
General Advice to Students and Parents in Navigating the Maze
Six Steps to Completing the Compelling Application Essay
Consideration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Admittedly a Different World
Veterans and Affirmative Action
Affirmative Action in the Coming Years
FourYear DegreeGranting Colleges and Universities The Use of Affirmative Action or Lack Thereof and Minority Enrollment Data
Department of Education Guidelines on Use of Race in Financial Aid DecisionsAwards
Recommended Resources and Internet Sites
The College Application Checklist

Congratulations Youve Been Accepted to College but Now Need to Pay for It Financial Aid and Student Aid in the PostGratz and Grutter World

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About the author (2006)

James A. Beckman is Associate Professor, Law and Justice, University of Tampa, Florida. He is the editor of the widely acclaimed Affirmative Action: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood 2004), which reviewers have called inspired and essential.

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