Giving college applicants preference based on socioeconomic factors, rather than race, is comparable to affirmative action in achieving racial diversity, and superior in helping people who are disadvantaged, according to a study released on Wednesday. In states that have banned affirmative action, public universities have taken steps like accepting top students from each high school and recruiting in low-income areas. The study by the Century Foundation, a left-leaning policy group, says that approach sustains racial diversity and helps poor students. The study was released ahead of arguments, set for next week, before the Supreme Court in a case that could produce new restrictions on considering race in public college admissions.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.