Breaking the Cycle

Anne-Marie Nuñez suggests looking to Hispanic-Serving Institutions as a model for how to build an inclusive campus racial climate. Nuñez is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio. This is the second in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

What Are Students Demanding?

ACE’s Hollie Chessman and Lindsay Wayt analyze the demands from student organizers across 76 higher education institutions and coalitions. This post is the first in a series sparked by recent student protests and the national dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

Where Have All the Low-Income Students Gone?

Since 2008, an intensive national campaign has sought to boost the number of college graduates. But low-income students are now actually much less likely to enroll in college immediately after high school than they were seven years ago, despite all of the efforts to increase their post-secondary participation. ACE’s Terry Hartle and Chris Nellum discuss this surprising and deeply troubling trend.

Reimagining Remediation in Tennessee

With implementation of the Tennessee Promise, higher education is looking to Tennessee for lessons learned during its foray into the world of free community college. The Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) is no less a stranger to scrutiny for its innovative practices in developmental education. Tristan Denley discusses TBR’s pioneering approach to remediation.

Talking About Race, Class and College Access

Issues of equitable access and changing demographics weigh heavy on the shoulders of American higher education – and rightly so, write ACE’s Lorelle Espinosa and Matthew Gaertner of Pearson’s Center for College & Career Success. In this post, Espinosa and Gaertner discuss the takeaways from a recent convening on college access and success for minority and low-income students.

Supporting First-Generation and Low-Income Students at the University of Florida

First launched in 2006, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program supports nearly 1,250 undergraduates annually and will soon surpass the 2,000 alumni milestone. For the first-generation and low-income students in the program, early estimates indicate that they are 44 percent more likely to graduate in four years and 47 percent more likely to complete in six years compared to their peers.

VIDEO: Race, Class, and College Access

Watch Lorelle Espinosa, assistant vice president of ACE’s Center for Policy and Research Strategy, review the findings from ACE’s new report, “Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape” at a convening July 21.

Post-Fisher Changes in Diversity Strategies

Race, Class, and College Access, an ACE report that examines how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at selective colleges and universities, includes this finding: Institutions increased their use of diversity strategies following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

ISU President Steven Leath: Prioritize Agricultural Research

By 2050, the world population is projected to increase by roughly one third, creating one of the greatest conundrums in history: How to produce as much food in the next 35 years as we have produced in the previous several thousand. Iowa State President Steven Leath writes about his institution’s role in addressing this challenge, and the need to make agricultural research a national priority.

A Proposed Path to a Simplified FAFSA

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is working on ways to streamline the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). A new report by the NASFAA FAFSA Working Group developed a proposed model that would simplify the process while still ensuring program integrity and accurate targeting of federal funds. Under this model,… Read more »

FAFSA Simplification: Harder Than It Seems

Making it easy for students and families to apply for federal student aid is a little like the Holy Grail—universally sought for its extraordinary value, but never found. And the search likely will intensify as Congress works to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, writes Terry Hartle. At issue is the FAFSA, the form that students and families must fill out to get federal student aid.

Fighting Food Insecurity on Campus

College and university administrators and leaders around the country increasingly are realizing that undergraduate students are among the millions of Americans who experience food insecurity, or a lack of resources to obtain nutritional food. Chris Nellum looks at what we can do about the problem, which has grown significantly in the years since the Great Recession.