Why Universities need Affirmative Action

By Zachary Alexander on

As you can imagine, one of the hottest topics to be debated in the Supreme Court this year will once again be “affirmative action.” The reason is that the Freedom First Wing of the Republican Party views affirmative action as market tampering. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you may want to consider the universities’ efforts to cast themselves as the only legit agents of upward mobility.

The real reason universities want to protect affirmative action is they want to maintain their clubbiness (i.e. prestige), which shows a Neoliberalism influence. It’s getting harder for research universities to compete on education benefits alone. And universities make more money on interest from endowments than they do from student tuition, which means that their real assets are the research scientists that man their labs not the student body at large.

Affirmative action like most government intervention has been tainted by Neoliberalism, which views everything through a lens of how best to deploy capital. So given this world view, universities regard affirmative action as a marketing tool that they can leverage in their fund raising efforts. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, you can avoid the pitfalls of affirmative action by understanding the Post-Globalism School of Thought.

Post-Globalism by definition stands for democracy (i.e. diversity) in the marketplace. It is grounded in the principles of self-education and collaborative design methodologies. This means Post-Globalism takes advantage of many of the online traditions that drive innovation on the Internet. An education system based on Post-Globalism will benefit from the same techno economic change at work in the post-Globalization marketplace.

Zachary Alexander