Affirmative Action and Race Relations Research Proposal by Nicky

Affirmative Action and Race Relations
The paper examines the use of affirmative action as a means of increasing involvement of minorities in higher education and business and as a tool for improving race relations in the United States.
# 145166 | 4,850 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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Affirmative action, in higher education and elsewhere has been a hotly debated issue, since its inception, among a group of minority faculty and faculty organization from US law schools conceived of the need for forcing social change through guided plans and procedures that would make up for missing opportunities for racial minorities, a year prior to Martin Luther King Jr's assassination. Since then there have been many legal challenges to affirmative action which was tailored significantly by nearly every university and many other institutions independently. The specific and individual affirmative action plans of many institutions have been challenged, supported or struck down in several Supreme Court cases. This work first reviews and critiques research based on the concepts of affirmative action in higher education. It then moves on to develop an independent research proposal to answer questions regarding affirmative action and finally it reviews and discusses the breadth and depth of Grutter V Bollinger and Gratz V Bollinger and how they impact affirmative action and business.

Research Proposal: Affirmative Action and Race Relations
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From the Paper:

"It would seem that there have been as many challenges and debates with regard to affirmative action policies as there have been research studies on the subject of its effectiveness and therefore validity. Regardless of this fact there are also a significant number of researchers who seek to answer what they view as more important questions regarding affirmative action, not the least of which is does it help or hurt the minority population, or the majority population and has it been at all effective in eliminating discrimination in the broader society, institutionally or in business. The following research proposal will attempt to answer an enduring question associated with some of the broader questions of affirmative action namely; Is affirmative action policy implementation destructive to race relations in higher education and/or business? This question seems to be at the root of research, debate and conflict associated with affirmative action, and must garner some sort of answer for the development of a future for race relations and the role of affirmative action in decision making for admissions or hiring."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anderson, T. H. (2004). The Pursuit of Fairness: A History of Affirmative Action. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Antwi-Boasiako, K. B., & Asagba, J. O. (2005). A Preliminary Analysis of African American College Students' Perceptions of Racial Preferences and Affirmative Action in Making Admissions Decisions at a Predominantly White University. College Student Journal, 39(4), 734.
  • Chander, A. (2003). Minorities, Shareholder and Otherwise. Yale Law Journal, 113(1), 119.
  • Dietz-Uhler, B., & Murrell, A. J. (1998). Evaluations of Affirmative Action Applicants: Perceived Fairness, Human Capital, or Social Identity?. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 38(11-12), 933.
  • Robinson, R. K., Franklin, G. M., & Epermanis, K. (2007). The Supreme Court Rulings in Grutter V. Bollinger and Gratz V. Bollinger: The Brave New World of Affirmative Action in the 21st Century. Public Personnel Management, 36(1), 33.

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"Affirmative Action and Race Relations" 27 October 2010. Web. 12 July. 2020. <>