Video from Rachelle Winkle-Wagner’s recent talk, “Affirmative Action Under Fire: Discourse on the Texas Top Ten Percent Plan,” organized by the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), is now available on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.
Winkle-Wagner explained that “one argument for the need to diversify is that we have an increasingly diverse population in the United States. As diversity is increasing across our country, we need to be reflecting that in our institutions so that we can continue to have an educated and civilly engaged population.”
However, there is debate over whether institutions should be held accountable for racial diversity through external policies like affirmative action, or if institutions can achieve diversity goals without these policies. Winkle-Wagner used policy discourse from the Texas legislature regarding 2009 changes to the Texas Top Ten Percent Plan as a case study to examine this question.
Winkle-Wagner is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at UW-Madison and a WISCAPE affiliate.
Watch the video on the WISCAPE YouTube channel.