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Enrollment professionals can use the tools and resources on this page to develop policies and practices that achieve diversity-related goals.

With the information we provide, you can feel confident that your arguments will be evidence-based and legally sound.

Building an Evidence Base: Important Foundations for Institutions of Higher Education Advancing Education Goals Associated with Student Diversity

The evidence guide provides a map—framing key questions, suggesting key kinds of evidence, and pointing to illustrative sources—that can guide institutional deliberation and action for advancing education goals associated with student diversity. The guide is a resource for institutions where race is a consideration in enrollment decisions, as well as for institutions where such practices may be prohibited.

The Access & Diversity Collaborative has studied the most recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. University of Texas and summarized the Court’s guidance regarding race-conscious enrollment practices.

The document provides key takeaways from the majority opinion and that of the dissent. It also offers a Guide to Action for institutions to follow to review their mission-driven diversity enrollment goals and practices.

This guidance will form the core of an ADC session at the College Board Forum in Chicago scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at 1:15 PM.


Listen to the Recording of the Access & Diversity Collaborative’s webinar “Unpacking Fisher II and Its Possible Implications for Institutions” conducted on July 14, 2016, at noon ET

On June 23, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court (the Court) announced its second decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, which upheld the University of Texas's (UT) race-conscious admissions program under federal law. Notably, in affirming prior Court precedent, the decision also provided significant insight regarding policy development considerations and key evidence, which should inform the efforts of public and private institutions that consider race in enrollment practices moving forward.

This webinar includes discussion of the elements of the decision as well as its potential implications for other institutions.

  • Art Coleman, Managing Partner, EducationCounsel
  • Terri Taylor, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel
  • Brad Quin, Executive Director, Higher Education Advocacy & Special Initiatives, The College Board


Review the Latest National Research on Policies and Practices to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion on College Campuses

Bridging the Research to Practice Gap: Achieving Mission-Driven Diversity and Inclusion Goals is the latest offering from the College Board’s Access & Diversity Collaborative and is designed to assist institutions in the design and evaluation of their diversity-related enrollment goals.

The report is divided into three parts: 1) an exhaustive survey of current research related to student diversity, areas of strength, and areas needing additional attention; 2) suggestions for additional research which could inform individual institutional actions; and 3) identifying policy and practice implications for institutions within the shifting political and legal landscape.

The report is intended to be used in conjunction with other resources and materials made available through the Access & Diversity Collaborative.