The College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative (ADC) exists to provide robust information and tools to higher education institutions as they develop and implement policies and practices in support of educational access and diversity.
We’re a cross-disciplinary group of education professionals and organizations dedicated to upholding the principles of equitable access to higher education for all students and promoting diversity on campus.
As we work to serve higher education institutions and organizations and, ultimately, students, we will continue to be:
- A voice of national advocacy for comprehensive, evidence-based, and legally sound access and diversity policies.
- A resource for sophisticated and pragmatic policy and practice guidance and actionable research to support institutional, mission-based goals, with a focus on the promotion and expansion of educational pathways and opportunities for historically underrepresented populations.
- A group where thought leaders can work collaboratively on policy and practice development, with a focus on:
- Supporting the effective use of data and research connected to real-world policy and practice issues.
- Identifying and developing replicable best practices that reflect sound policy and are legally sustainable.
- Finding common ground to develop a principled and pragmatic policy and practice agenda.
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 Playbook: Understanding the Role of Race Neutral Strategies in Advancing Higher Education Diversity, 2nd Edition
This practical guide provides an overview of race-and ethnicity-neutral strategies and “plays” that can advance institutional diversity interests.
Financial Aid and Scholarships: A Federal Non-discrimination Law Primer.
College Board and EducationCounsel recently published a primer that Surfaces key issues that should be considered in the review, evaluation, and evolution of financial aid and scholarship policies, synthesizes key points of law and policy, and offers ideas regarding strategies and design models that merit consideration among policy leaders.
Understanding the Role of Race Neutral Strategies in Advancing Higher Education Diversity Goals
This webinar will highlight claims and defenses relevant to these issues as they have been presented in the SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC federal court cases with cross-references to the ADC’s recently published The Playbook (2d. Edition).
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.
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