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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The Harvard Admissions Case: Reactions to the Judge’s Ruling

ACE Vice President and General Counsel Peter G. McDonough talks with four experts on diversity in admissions policy about the recent district court decision in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. Harvard.

Education Department Does the Right Thing in Reimbursing Colleges for Canceled Perkins Loans

It was a long-running federal public policy question that could have ended badly for many colleges and universities. Were they going to owe tens of millions of dollars to the Treasury as the Department of Education wound down the now-defunct Perkins Loan program? Happily, the answer is no

Let’s Talk About Race: An Interview With Beverly Daniel Tatum

In March 2019, ACE held a plenary session at its 101st Annual Meeting called “Talking About Race” featuring Beverly Daniel Tatum and Robin DiAngelo candidly discussing the role of race in the United States. In this followup conversation, Tatum expands on the role of race in higher education and how we can build more inclusive institutions.

Are More Colleges Closing? (Spoiler Alert: Probably Not)

There is no doubt that colleges and universities in demographically challenged states are facing serious headwinds. Yet, stories suggesting that colleges are closing more frequently than they did before don’t withstand a careful examination of the data.

Helping Students at Risk of Self-Harm: Considerations for the New Academic Year

ACE General Counsel Peter McDonough outlines a series of principles gleaned from Department of Education documents that campuses can use as they design policies and practices to help at-risk students.

An Uneven Playing Field: The Complex Educational Experiences of Asian Americans

The data on Asian Americans in higher education complicate the simple narrative that people either have it “good” or “bad,” writes Julie Park. This makes for more complicated policymaking but perhaps will help challenge the policy community to look beyond simple binaries.