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Griggs v. Duke Power: Implications for College Credentialing

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy

Author(s): Bryan O'Keefe; Richard Vedder

Topic: Education (Education policy and planning)
Education (Colleges and universities)

Keywords: College Credentialing; Higher Education; Griggs v. Duke Power

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This paper is about a court case decided by the U. S. Supreme Court in 1971. Although attorneys recognize that the case is important to businesses, its impact on colleges and universities has been explored by only a few. As this paper will show, Griggs v. Duke Power may have enormously boosted the number of students in college and may have increased the differential in income between high school and college graduates. It may have led to higher tuition, without providing commensurate additional value.