A National Policy for Affirmative Action in Higher Education

  • Margaret S. Gordon


Affirmative action in higher education has been a focus of increasingly serious controversy in recent years. Part of the trouble lies within institutions of higher education themselves, where there is frequently a conflict between women and minorities, on the one hand, pressing for more vigorous enforcement of affirmative-action policies and, on the other, vigorous opposition by some (but by no means all) white male faculty members to the enforcement of affirmative-action plans. Part of the trouble—and probably the most serious part—stems from the cumbersome and inept federal enforcement of affirmative action in relation to higher education.


High Education Faculty Member Minority Group Affirmative Action Executive Order 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret S. Gordon
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  1. 1.Carnegie Council on Higher EducationBerkeleyUSA

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