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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Survival to Transformation: Navigating Fiscal Distress During COVID-19

The challenge ahead for higher education is unprecedented, and the typical solutions won’t sustain our institutions. If we can’t go back to what we used to be before COVID-19, we must instead evolve to something better, writes ACE’s Philip Rogers.

Supporting College Students Through a Public Health Crisis: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast, significantly affecting 13 million people in states throughout the region. Ruth M. López and Vincent D. Carales of the University of Houston look at what colleges can learn from Hurricane Harvey to address student mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let’s Talk About Race: An Interview With Thuy Thi Nguyen

The Let’s Talk About Race interview series captures the voices of prominent higher education scholars and leaders as they share their perspectives and experiences on race and ethnicity in higher education. Read the latest conversation with Thuy Thi Nguyen, president of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California.

Guideposts for the COVID-19 Learning Transition

COVID-19 is pressing millions of students and faculty into an experiment in teaching and learning that has implications for a new form of college-going that may transform our understanding of higher education. ACE’s Louis Soares writes that our knowledge of how students learn can help us figure out how to move forward.

Rethinking Community College Workforce Education: Eliminating the Dead End

When it comes to transfer, mobility, and equity, do traditional community college pathways hinder a student’s prospects? Mark M. D’Amico looks at what we can do to get around the hurdles.

Let’s Talk About Race: An Interview With Damian Fernandez

The Let’s Talk About Race interview series captures the voices of prominent higher education scholars and leaders as they share their perspectives and experiences on race and ethnicity in higher education. Read the latest conversation with Damian Fernandez, the Albert and Suzanne Lord Chancellor of Penn State Abington.