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Improving Equity in Higher Education: The Search for Solutions Shared Dialogue

Report Cover for the Indicators of Higher Education EquityA collaboration between The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and the Penn AHEAD, Indicators of Higher Education Equity documents trends in higher education inequity in the United States. These reports draw from multiple sources of existing data to provide, in one place, indicators that describe trends in equity in postsecondary enrollment, choice, and degree attainment, as well as indicators of college affordability.

The Improving Equity in Higher Education blog is intended to promote thoughtful and productive conversation about the nature and related dimensions of inequity in higher education opportunity and outcomes, as well as effective policies and practices for reducing inequity.

We encourage essays that spark discussion among policymakers, practitioners, and scholars about potentially effective approaches to improving equity in higher education opportunity and outcomes, forces that contribute to persisting inequity in higher education opportunity and outcomes, and measurement of higher education equity. We also encourage essays that provide rapid response to proposed changes in federal and state higher education policy.

If you would like to contribute to this blog, please see Submission Guidelines.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Kasey Klepfer and Jeff Webster

Pulling back the veil that surrounds federal student aid reveals an unsightly truth: Student aid allocations are unlikely to be enough to cover college costs. Nearly three out of four students have unmet need. Unmet need is the out-of-pocket cost of college...

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rodney Hopson, Marvin Powell, Sarah Bogdewiecz, Akashi Kaul, Sara Montiel and Sekou Sankofa

Distressing racial and socioeconomic gaps persist in college graduation rates at two-year and four-year educational institutions in the United States (Ginder et al., 2016). Even as colleges and universities enroll increasingly diverse populations of students, they struggle to improve the persistence and graduation rates of African American and Latinx students as well...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Richard D. Kahlenberg

Education, which is supposed to be, as Horace Mann famously declared, the “great equalizer” in America, has become a system for perpetuating privilege, according to a remarkable new report, Indicators of Higher Education Equity...

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dr. James L. Applegate

The pernicious gaps in college success for low-income students and students of color (young and adult) have plagued the U.S. higher education system for decades. After some progress in closing gaps in the 1960-70s, recent analyses by the New York Times show the top 100 U.S. colleges...