As the body of research on issues related to access and diversity in higher education grows, it’s important to develop new polices and reevaluate existing ones to ensure they remain ethical and effective.
This page features the latest access- and diversity-related news and events to keep you up to date on the latest developments in the field.
Webinar: Understanding the Role of Race-Neutral Strategies in Advancing Higher Education Diversity Goals. 2nd Edition
The ADC hosted a webinar on race neutral strategies, that highlighted claims and defenses relevant to these issues as they have been presented in the SFFA v. Harvard (appeal pending) and SFFA v. UNC (trial pending) federal court cases with cross-references to the ADC’s recently published The Playbook (2d. Edition). Key topics will include:
- The features of policies that are considered “race-neutral” under federal law and that may be effective with respect to race- and ethnicity-related diversity aims.
- Important considerations when implementing race-neutral strategies such as conditions likely for success, potential roadblocks, and questions to consider.
- The federal legal imperative of assuring the identification and evaluation of neutral alternatives as part of an ongoing periodic review of enrollment policies that involve the consideration of race.
ADC New Publications
- Harvard District Court Analysis
This expanded decision analysis of the US District Court's September 30, 2019 decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard provides a detailed analysis of the court's decision on all key substantive issues. The document:
- provides a brief summary of the decision.
- provides a brief summary of the relevant legal precedent that informed the district court's ruling.
- provides a detailed analysis of the court's decision on all key substantive issues. It includes a segment that distills and analyzes the approximate 40 pages of analysis regarding the competing statistical models and conclusions pressed by the parties.
- offers major takeaways from the district court's decision, along with implications for action—issue-specific practical tips that correspond with court conclusions to highlight key areas of prospective institutional attention.
- Harvard District Court Summary
This preliminary analysis of the U.S. District Court’s September 30, 2019 decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard provides a brief overview of the case and surfaces some major legal and policy implications of the decision for the higher education community.
- The Playbook: Understanding the Role of Race Neutral Strategies in Advancing Higher Education Diversity Goals, 2nd Edition.
This practical guide provides an overview of race-and ethnicity-neutral strategies and “plays” that can advance institutional diversity interests.
ADC Member Spotlight
- The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) developed sets of guidance by topic areas including Admissions, FERPA, Financial Aid, Grades, and Transcripts for institutions to consider as they consider policy changes during COVID-19.
- The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is compiling resources on COVID-19 and financial aid, which is being continuously updated as new information arises.
- Through its Engage platform, the American Council on Education (ACE) is compiling resources, supporting discussions among institution leaders, and hosting webinars on topics related to COVID-19 and higher education. ACE has also published “Recovery 2020: Key Questions and Principles for Campus Leaders,” a set of guidelines to support campus leaders as they consider plans to reopen campus.
- The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is compiling resources on COVID-19 and college admissions, which is being continuously updated as new information arises.
- The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is compiling COVID-19 resources including information on APLU COVID-19 related advocacy efforts, Campus Reopening Plans, U.S. Government Executive and Legislative Actions, and Teaching and Learning Resources.