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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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?

Trauma-informed Colleges Begin With Trauma-informed Leaders

As higher education institutions move into the post-pandemic era, those with trauma-informed leaders will be better positioned to meet new challenges in creative ways while promoting safe and healthy campus communities, writes Appalachian State’s Jason Lynch.

What Campus Data Tell Us About Student Mental Health and COVID-19

Recent stories have warned of a “mental health tsunami” and a “mental health crisis on campuses” as over the past two years, students and campus communities worked to master the new normal of masking, vaccines, and social distancing in a global pandemic. As we look toward the future, what should campuses do about the mental health of students?

Time is Running Out to Make Simple Fixes to GI Bill Education Benefits

Changes are needed to the Isakson-Roe Act of 2020 so service members and their families can get the most our of their education benefits. Can Congress get this done?