Historically Black colleges and universities are engines of upward mobility and job creation for their graduates, and recent investments are imperative if the nation is to see progress in racial, social, and economic equity. This report from the Century Foundation provides a fuller understanding of the history and current financial standing of HBCUs.
The State of Higher Education for Black Californians
Sept. 2, 2021
More Black students in California are earning college degrees, but alarming equity gaps in graduation rates remain, according to this report from the Campaign for College Opportunity. Equally concerning are the differences in graduation rates based on gender, the report notes.
A report from the Alliance for a Better Community answers a series of critical questions about the opportunities and challenges facing Latino/as in Los Angeles County and establishes a grade/score in different focus areas. Coupled with accompanying policy recommendations, the report intends to guide advocacy and campaigns for addressing the opportunity gaps that have acted…
Education is indeed a door, but recruitment, admissions, and enrollment policies and practices dictate how wide that door is open, says this report from the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Specifically, the report outlines the context, prevalence, and impact of recruitment practices; demonstrated interest policies; early admissions deadlines; legacy admissions; use of standardized testing; use…
How the Pandemic Revealed Historic Disadvantages and Heightened Economic Hardship
June 14, 2021
As baby boomers retire in record numbers, Latinas are poised to transform the U.S. labor force and catalyze economic growth. However, the pandemic has made clear that without considerable changes in job protection and safety-net programs, the economic potential of Latinas will be limited. A new report from the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative…
Issues of racial inequality and injustice are center stage in America today—especially the position and treatment of Black Americans. This report from the American Enterprise Institute presents evidence on long-term differences in opportunity by race.
Using data to facilitate learning, conversation and buy-in amongst participating faculty
May 25, 2021
This report from the American Talent Initiative highlights the ways in which colleges and universities have leveraged data and evidence-based research to enhance equity-related projects on their respective campuses. The report spotlights Virginia Tech’s efforts to improve success among minoritized and marginalized student groups in STEM fields.
The educational gains associated with having a college-educated parent are widespread
May 18, 2021
The economic benefits of a college degree are not equally felt among college graduates. A new study from the Pew Research Center finds that college graduates without a college-educated parent have lower incomes and less wealth, on average, than those with a parent who has a bachelor’s degree or higher.
How COVID-19 Could Deepen Racial and Gender Divides
May 14, 2021
COVID-19 and its economic and educational fallout have had a disproportionate impact on communities of color and have highlighted and exacerbated longstanding racial and ethnic inequities in the U.S. The impact on college-going among Hispanic students has been especially concerning. Before COVID-19, college enrollment among Hispanic students was on the rise (with Latinas, in particular,…
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