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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.

Learn more about who we are.

Featured News

ADC Webinars

The 2018 Legal Landscape: Litigation and Agency Actions Regarding Federal Non-Discrimination Law in Higher Education.

Register here.

The ADC is hosting a webinar on December 14th at 1:00pm ET. This webinar will survey the year’s developments with an overview and synthesis of:

    Recent developments in federal court litigation involving Harvard University;
  • Other cases percolating through the courts;
  • Claims in recently-filed U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights complaints; and
  • Recent federal developments in the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education.

Presenters reflect on these developments and provide insight regarding important actions postsecondary institutions may take to continuously build the necessary evidence base to sustain their diversity efforts. Based on these developments, presenters offer insights into important higher education strategies that can advance mission-based institutional interests in ways that also mitigate legal risk.

ADC New Publications

  • Understanding Holistic Review in Higher Education Admissions: Guiding Principles and Model Illustrationswhich provides insights into the values, logic and rigor behind effective holistic review in higher education admissions. Incorporating key legal principles associated with federal court cases that have challenged the consideration of race and ethnicity in admissions, the guide discusses key features and elements of well-designed holistic review policy development and process management—with institutional examples that illustrate effective practice. The guide also calls on the higher education community to think differently about transparency and communications associated with holistic review in admissions.

ADC Upcoming Publications

  • Financial Aid Guide.This guide addresses an area of importance for good policy and legal practice in the current campus, federal, and societal environment.

ADC Member Spotlight

Rice University and The University of Texas at Austin significantly expanded their financial aid programs to better meet the needs of both low- and middle-income students.

Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) alleges and Harvard denies that Harvard failed to satisfy the race neutral alternatives and other evidence of need requirements to justify consideration of race in admissions under the Supreme Court’s standards for compliance with federal law (Title VI), and that Harvard discriminated against Asian students by stereotyping them.

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