October 5, 2018

Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity

Charles Clotfelter, Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

Richard M. Freeland, President Emeritus, Northeastern University and former Commissioner of Higher Education, Massachusetts  

Gene Jarrett, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, New York University  

The Steinhardt Institute hosted a conversation with Charles Clotfelter, the noted Duke economist, about his recent book, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity, along with two respondents, Richard M. Freeland and Gene Jarrett. Clotfelter's work is both meticulous and deeply engaging. He breaks new ground in the exploration of how the wealthiest elites handle their great affluence in ways that distort higher education more with each passing year. In turn, this exacerbates inequality in our society at large. 

Richard Freeland, Charles Clotfelter, and Gene Jarrett



October 5, 2018

Stratification and Mobility in Higher Education: Dual Realities or Contradicting Values?

Stella Flores (Moderator), Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, New York University; Director of Access and Equity, Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy

Sigal Alon, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University

Will Doyle, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University

Tatiana Melguizo, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California

Florencia Torche, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Ann Marcus Will Doyle Stella Flores Charles Clotfelter  Tatiana Melguizo Florencia Torche and Signal Alon 

The panel provided multidisciplinary perspectives on the key issues of stratification and mobility facing US higher education with lessons from other nations. From tuition policies to state and institutional decision-making around remediation and college success, panelists shared the latest research highlighting the state of progress and decline for low-income and underserved students at different levels of higher education.


September 30, 2016

Post - Fisher Affirmative Action: Status Quo or New Opportunities?

Greg Garre, Lead Attorney for University of Texas, Former Solicitor General of the United States, Partner Latham & Watkins Law Firm

Marta Tienda, Professor in Demographic Studies and Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Sigal Alon, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University

Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Higher Education, New York University 

The Supreme Court decision of June 23, 2016 upheld the "race conscious" admissions processes of the University of Texas. The decision was a surprise, and to most in the world of higher education, a welcome surprise. At our forum on September 30th, Greg Garre, lead attorney for the University of Texas and a former Solicitor General of the United States, discussed the University's legal strategies, analyzed the Supreme Court's opinion, and previewed possible paths forward. Professors Marta TiendaSigal Alon and Stella Flores whose work helped shape the arguments in this casel gave their views of the key research elements that would be crucial as institutions and state governments assess future challenges and opportunities.

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March 4, 2016

Beyond Fisher: The Supreme Court and the Future of Race in Higher Education

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Randall KennedyMichael R. Klein Professor, Harvard Law School 
Mary Schmidt CampbellPresident, Spelman College
Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Higher Education, NYU Steinhardt
Trevor Morrison, Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law, NYU Law

The affirmative action case pending in the Supreme Court, Fisher v. University of Texas, has important implications for the future of access to higher education in both the public and private sectors. Today issues of race in higher education are wide-ranging and extend far beyond the issues of admissions and affirmative action. This forum addressed both the central issues in the Fisher case and broader questions regarding the future of race in American higher education. The presenters were distinguished leaders from the fields of social science research; constitutional law; race studies; public policy and academic leadership.

Watch: Video of forum presentations

Read Politico article: NYU Law Dean: 'Great reason to worry' over Fisher case