Experts and educators in this article debate how colleges and universities will manage diversity if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the use of affirmative action in admissions. Among the voices are Columbia University's Patricia Williams, who argues for the expansion of affirmative action, while Ohio University professor Richard Vedder argues for admissions based on merit, not race.
Many employers are reducing salaries and benefits offered to new workers, a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management indicates. The cutbacks have even affected the service sector, which had been relatively immune to wage pressures.
Don't just trim your workforce to survive the downturn -- build the team you'll need when the economy comes roaring back, three Booz & Co. senior partners recommend. Start by making a brutal assessment of the talent you've got and the holes in your performance, they say. Then, when the layoffs come, protect promising low-level employees and use the shake-up to move them into positions where their gifts can really make a difference.
Women face gender discrimination at the outset of their careers, a new report by Development Dimensions International suggests. "Our data suggests that when you look at the things that would help people develop in their careers, women wouldn't get the same opportunities as men did," says Ann Howard, chief researcher for DDI.
The best way to build the middle class is to pass the Employee Free Choice Act so it is easier for workers to organize unions, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of labor leaders. However, business leaders oppose the bill, known as "card check," in its current form. "With unemployment increasing and more Americans looking for work ... the bigger problem is there aren't any jobs to unionize," said Katie Packer, head of the Workforce Fairness Institute.