1. AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

    Obama Urges College Diversity

    US President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Tribal Nations Conference at the US Department of the Interior in Washington on December 2, 2011.     AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Obama administration issued new guidelines Friday to promote racial diversity on college campuses, replacing a Bush-era interpretation of a Supreme Court decision that warned against considering race in admissions. The new suggestions encourage schools to consider things that are often proxies for ethnicity, such as socioeconomic data, domestic instability, or even the racial composition of students' high schools. “Post-secondary institutions can voluntarily consider race to further the compelling interest of achieving diversity."

    Read it at The New York Times