Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Teaching the Truth about Affirmative Action

Affirmative action is the most controversial and misunderstood subject in the business curricula. Most professors provide misinformation about affirmative action to their students, because most published academic research on affirmative action contains factual errors. The published research also ignores the new reality of affirmative action, which is that the process has become automated and outsourced. The challenge of teaching the truth about affirmative action is magnified because students bring preconceived opinions of affirmative action to the classroom, and they resist information that contradicts their beliefs. By demonstrating the scant economic progress made by women and minorities over the past forty years, it is possible to teach students that affirmative action does not involve hiring quotas or any other meaningful changes to the hiring and promotion practices of the typical employer.