Higher Education Can Lead the Way Toward a More Tolerant Society

As Americans, we are privileged to have the world’s premier system of higher education, writes ACE’s Lorelle Espinosa. And as a laboratory for ideas and exchange, higher education can further lead the way to a more tolerant society through the actions of its leaders and the engagement of its whole community of learners.

New Report Looks at State and Local Tuition- and Debt-Free College Plans

A new report released this week looks at 11 plans that reduce or eliminate the cost of tuition or the need to borrow to cover it, including five at the state and two at the local level. The study summarizes the work of the Task Force on Assessing Tuition- and Debt-Free Higher Education, convened last July by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

What Can Higher Education Expect From the Trump Administration?

The stunning election of Republican Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States on Nov. 8 reverberated across campuses and here in Washington. Immediately people began to ask, “What does a Trump presidency mean for me and my institution?” ACE’s Jon Fansmith looks at the available evidence to see what the next four years might bring.

Access, Accessibility: The Future of Technology on Campus

In higher education, we tend to think of “access” in terms of a very specific set of issues. Predominantly, we use the term to talk about how low-income students or students from underrepresented groups enter higher education. But increasingly, there’s another kind of access that is drawing the attention of policymakers: access to postsecondary education for students with disabilities.

Legacy

As the new president takes office, it’s reasonable to assess the Obama administration’s higher education record and to ask what its legacy will be and how long it will last. In a preview of the Winter 2016 edition of The Presidency, ACE Senior Vice President Terry W. Hartle outlines five fundamental ways federal higher education policy has changed over the last eight years.

College Board Releases 2016 Reports on College Pricing, Student Aid

The College Board today released its annual Trends in Higher Education reports, one focusing on student aid and the other on tuition and fees. The reports showed moderate increases in published tuition and fees, ranging from 2.2 percent to 3.6 percent across all sectors between 2015-16 and 2016-17. However, that still exceeded the growth in… Read more »

NLRB’s Columbia Decision: What Does it Mean and Where Do We Go From Here?

The National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), with the support of ACE and the Association of American Universities, has scheduled a webinar Sept. 21 to discuss the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recent decision to allow certain students to unionize.

The American College President: Reflections and New Developments for ACE’s Signature Study

Earlier this year, ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy distributed the survey for the eighth edition of the American College President Study (ACPS), which was first administered in 1986. Across three decades, the ACPS has earned a reputation as a one-of-a-kind research tool that presents a unique and comprehensive portrait of the presidency and the higher education leadership pipeline.

PODCAST: Lorelle Espinosa on Campus Diversity and Inclusion

Lorelle Espinosa, assistant vice president for ACE’s Center on Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS), spoke recently with Hobsons on the educational benefits of diversity and inclusion on U.S. college campuses. Her interview was featured on a recent episode of Hobsons’ monthly podcast on student success, “Upgraded.”

“Am I overreacting?” Understanding and Combating Microaggressions

Many people of color, women, LGBTQ and other “minoritized” groups on college and university campuses experience microaggressions on a regular basis. We can no longer merely work toward multiculturalism and inclusivity, but rather we must address the larger systemic issues that allow racial microaggressions to flourish on campus.

Affirming Racial Diversity: Student Affairs as a Change Agent

As we continue the discussion about race on college campuses, an important question is emerging: Are institutions of higher education the correct entities to task with addressing racial issues in the United States? Amelia Parnell of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education looks at the role student affairs professionals can play in advocating for diversity on their campus.

The Accountability Movement, College Choice and the Importance of Place

For many students, the decision of whether to attend college, let alone which college, is likely determined more by where they live than by graduation rates, programs offered or even salary after completion. ACE’s Jonathan Turk and the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman discuss the importance of “place” when addressing college choice process and policy.