Commentary and analysis on today’s most pressing concerns and innovative practices in higher education policy and research. Staffed by ACE’s Research and Government Relations departments, 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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Capacity Building for Shared Equity Leadership

Capacity building for shared equity leadership is an ongoing investment meant to support and develop a repertoire of knowledge, skills, and dispositions to collectively lead equity-minded change efforts.

Working Learners and Work Colleges: Innovating at the Intersection of Education and Life

For the 72 million Americans in the labor force who lack a postsecondary credential, learning at the intersection of education, work, and life responsibilities holds the key to a high-wage job in the global knowledge and technology economy. Louis Soares and Vickie Choitz look at how “work colleges” can serve as a model for colleges and universities considering how to better support these learners.

Why Climate Action Is in Higher Education’s Best Interest

Taking a leadership role on finding solutions to the climate crisis is an important way universities can remind the public that higher education benefits all of society—not just those who earn a degree, writes CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano.

Accountability for Campus Equity Is Everyone’s Work

Making progress on narrowing gaps and creating more inclusive and anti-racist campus environments means spreading the work to more faculty, staff, and administrators on campus rather than marginalizing it to one or two offices. Read the latest post on shared equity leadership from Elizabeth Holcombe and Adrianna Kezar of the University of Southern California Pullias Center for Higher Education. 

Organizing Shared Equity Leadership: How to Structure the Work

As college and university campuses continue to work to transform themselves into more equitable, just, and anti-racist spaces, leaders are grappling with the best ways to undo entrenched structural inequities. Elizabeth Holcombe and Adrianna Kezar of the Pullias Center for Higher Education look at the different shared equity leadership models that can help your campus move forward.

The Impact of COVID-19 on College and University Students Who Self-Injure: Risks and Strategies for Mitigation

Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on student wellbeing. One area of particular concern is the impact of the pandemic on non-suicidal self-injury. What can we do to address the increased risk?