Affirmative Action: A Reference Handbook by Lynne Eisaguirre

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2d: Southern Reporter (First and Second Series), which includes decisions from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. W. 2d: Southwestern Reporter (First and Second Series), which includes decisions from Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas. A case citation provides the names of the people, schools, government agencies, or companies on each side of a case (the plaintiff[s]) and defendants[s]); the volume of the reporter in which the case can be found; the page number on which the case begins; and the year in which the case was decided.

Through the availability of student aid programs and aggressive recruitment and retention programs, the college-bound rate for blacks and whites who graduated from high school was about equal by 1977. Since 1977, however, the proportion of black high school graduates age 18 to 24 enrolled in college has not kept pace with that of white students. Although the percentage of black students who have graduated from high school has increased approximately 20 percent in the past 25 years, the portion of black high school student graduates attending college is now 25 percent less than that of white students.

What Is Affirmative Action? Even the supporters of affirmative action disagree about this question since the reality is that there is a spectrum of affirmative action solutions, depending upon which specific program is being debated. There seems to be little disagreement that when it was originally envisioned, the program entailed casting a wider netmaking sure that potential students, employees, and government contractors from minority backgrounds were made aware of and considered for positions.

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