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Pomona Student Union Presents a Debate on Class-Based Affirmative Action at Top Colleges

The Pomona Student Union will present a debate, “The Price of Admission: Class-Based Affirmative Action at Top Colleges,” on Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in Pomona College’s Edmunds Ballroom (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

A study done by the Century Foundation in 2004 found that at the 146 most selective colleges and universities in the United States, 74 percent of students came from families in the top socioeconomic quartile of the population while only 3 percent of students came from the bottom quartile. This event will explore the causes behind these numbers: including different admissions policies, types of financial aid and the importance of class in college admissions.

The panelists will be Dr. George Leef, director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy; Dr. James Sterba, philosophy professor at the University of Notre Dame and author of Affirmative Action for the Future (2009); and Matthew Yglesias, fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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The Pomona Student Union was founded by students in 2003 to inspire open dialogue on campus through a series of challenging and intellectually diverse debates and events.