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
- Understanding Holistic Review in Higher Education Admissions: Guiding Principles and Model Illustrations, which 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.
Federal Non-Discrimination Law: Implications for Higher Education Financial Aid and Scholarship Policies and Programs
On January 16, 2019 at 2:00pm ET, the College Board's Access and Diversity Collaborative will host a webinar that addresses the issues of federal non-discrimination law relevant to higher education financial aid and scholarship policies and programs. For four decades, federal courts have addressed issues associated with race, ethnicity, and gender in college admissions. But, federal courts have not examined considerations of race, ethnicity and gender in the context of aid and scholarship policies and programs designed to help advance mission-driven interests associated with the educational benefits of diversity. With opponents of higher education diversity efforts expanding the focus of their challenges in the courts and U.S. Department of Education, this webinar will address effective and sustainable financial aid program design, with a attention to U.S. Department of Education Title VI policies and OCR case resolutions on the topic. Conducted by Art Coleman and Jamie Lewis Keith of EducationCounsel, this webinar will provide insight into and offer ideas about strategies and action steps that can help achieve institutional goals, while also mitigating legal risk. It will also provide a preview of guidance on this topic that will be published in early 2019.
The 2018 Legal Landscape: Litigation and Agency Actions Regarding Federal Non-Discrimination Law in Higher Education.
The ADC hosted a webinar on December 14th. Presenters reflected on the recent legal landscape and provided 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 offered insights into important higher education strategies that can advance mission-based institutional interests in ways that also mitigate legal risk.
Middle States Regional Forum, Baltimore, MD. February 6, 2019
Inclusion and Free Expression: Understanding Today’s College Landscape- Issues of free speech and hate speech on college campuses are forcing institutions to consider, define, and harmonize their free speech policies. This Access and Diversity Collaborative (ADC) session will delve into the challenging issues of student inclusion and expression, with a discussion of the array of issues that are publicly surfacing on campus. Also discussed will be legal baselines that should inform judgments about free speech, and illustrations of best practices to help prepare for and manage crises that may occur. We will invite education leaders to discuss the role of colleges and universities in providing opportunities for civil discourse.
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
On November 29, 2018, the American Council on Education sponsored a session to discuss their new report "Speaking Truth and Acting with Integrity: Confronting Challenges of Campus Racial Climate," which focuses on the way institutional leaders respond to and rebuild their campus community following a racial incident.
In November 2018, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators published their annual impact report nasfaanow. The report's featured article focuses on recognizing and challenging implicit bias and builds on a NASFAA conference session led by Lena Tenney, coordinator of public engagement, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University.
On November 8, 2018, several ADC sponsor institutions and colleges and universities across the country participated in the second annual First-Generation College Celebration Day. This event, led by the Council for Opportunity in Education and the Center for First-Generation Student Success of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, is held to celebrate the successes of first-generation college 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.
Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, U.S. District Court for the North Carolina Middle District.
Limited remaining pre-trial fact discovery must be completed by December 19, 2018. Any motions of the parties for "summary judgement," requesting the Court to decide the case under applicable law without a trial based on facts established in discovery, are due January 18, 2019. A trial date has not yet been set. It is anticipated that the trial date will likely be set in the first half of 2019.
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