Even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the use of affirmative action in higher-education admissions, socioeconomic diversity is not an adequate substitute, according to a new study published in the American Educational Research Journal. Instead, the study contends, colleges need both to ensure the best diversity. "Class matters, not only because we need to broaden access to universities, but because of how it makes universities better equipped to support racial diversity," the study's lead author, Julie Park of the University of Maryland, said.

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