Commentary and analysis on today’s most pressing concerns and innovative practices in higher education policy and research. Staffed by ACE’s Center for Policy Research & Strategy and Government Relations, along with guest posts from ACE members and other scholars working in the field to define and assess the critical challenges facing colleges and universities. Together, these posts provide college leaders and public policymakers with the latest on issues such as access, financial aid, data, Congress and the administration, re-imagining diversity and equity on campus, and public higher education finance.

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A New Accountability for Broadening Participation in STEM

Developing an appropriate accountability system for broadening participation is crucial to achieving a STEM workforce that reflects the diversity of the American population. Colleges and universities, on the front line of STEM research and education, must lead the way.

How Should We Think About College Affordability?

Before colleges can constructively evaluate and improve their pricing and financial aid policies, they should have a solid understanding of what should go into determining how realistic it is for students and families in different circumstances to pay for the education offered, writes the Urban Institute’s Sandy Baum.

The Whys and Hows of Shared Leadership in Higher Education

Elizabeth Holcombe and Adrianna Kezar of the University of Southern California look at the possibilities of shared leadership for the higher education sector, which they say will ultimately allow campuses to become more nimble in a complex, constantly changing environment.

Reducing Barriers to Transfer for Community College Students

While access to a high-quality and affordable college education is essential, access means little if students are unable to meet their educational goals once they arrive, writes Jon Turk. A new brief from ACE and Hobsons explores upward transfer—the movement from a community college to a four-year institution—for students who matriculate soon after high school.

LGBTQ Students on Campus: Issues and Opportunities for Higher Education Leaders

Aligning policy, practice, programming and pedagogy to support LGBTQ students remains a challenge and an opportunity for higher education leaders, writes Michigan State University’s Kristen Renn.

Crossing Borders: Helping Colleges and Universities Jumpstart the Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion

A major challenge confronting U.S. colleges and universities today is the need to disentangle the complexities of diversity, social justice and free speech. We talked to Crossing Borders Education founder Arnd Wächter about his organization and its work promoting dialogue as a way to build diversity and inclusion.