Men of Color: A Role for Policymakers in Improving the Status of Black Male Students in U.S. Higher Education

Participation from a wide variety of stakeholders, including colleges and universities, community-based organizations, and foundations, is key to improving college readiness, postsecondary educational outcomes, and degree-attainment rates for Black men, says this report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Student success

Economic Diversity Among Selective Colleges

Many high-achieving low-income students do not attempt to attend highly selective U.S. colleges and institutions because of perceived price barriers, says this report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. The report explores the use of no-loan programs as a way to influence students’ ability to succeed in college. More »

Effective practices

Supporting First-Generation College Students Through Classroom-Based Practices

This report, from the Institute for Higher Education Policy, provides a roadmap of promising practices and supports being used by 30 Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) to foster academic success among first-generation college students. More »

News release

New web site collects evidence-based research on higher education issues for policymakers

With support from Lumina Foundation, the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) launches PolicyDirect (—a web resource that gathers academic research on college preparation, financial aid, productivity, and student success. More »

Effective practices

The Role of Minority-Serving Institutions in National College Completion Goals

Minority-Serving Institutions have become leaders in educating, serving, and graduating low-income, first-generation, and minority students and, therefore, play a central role in improving U.S. college completion rates, contends this report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. The publication is the first in a series of reports from Lumina’s MSI Models of Success program. More »

Effective practices

Men of Color: Ensuring Academic Success of Latino Males in Higher Education

This report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy highlights programs and practices that are raising degree attainment for Latino males. The brief also includes a detailed “blueprint” to help communities and institutions develop new programs, or augment existing ones, to get Latino males to and through college and into the workforce. More »


Crossing the Finish Line: A National Effort to Address Near Completion

Policies and practices that focus on assessment and formal recognition of degree completion can go a long way in helping students who left college without a degree but are eligible for or just shy of one, according to this policy brief from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. This brief provides recommendations for institutions, policymakers, researchers, and employers to re-engage and graduate this student population. More »

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