Affirming Equity, Ensuring Inclusion, and Empowering Action Series

In June 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision to curtail the use of race in college and university admissions, a powerful tool that has been used to address the legacy of racial injustice and advance the inclusion and integration of Latinx, Black, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI), and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) students.

In response, the Campaign for College Opportunity has launched a national initiative, Affirming Equity, Ensuring Inclusion, Empowering Action, to promote evidence-based solutions via a series of papers and toolkits that advance more equitable strategies in college preparation, access, and completion, including issues of course placement practices, transfer, and more, to ensure those who have been historically excluded and underserved by our colleges and universities have a real opportunity to go to college and succeed despite the Supreme Court decision.

For more than a year, guided by national experts and scholars, the Campaign has been preparing to ensure that we elevate practices and policies that support greater equity and access to our nation’s colleges and universities for Latinx, Black, Asian American, NHPI, and AIAN students in higher education.

July 2023: Equitable Admissions Practices

Ensuring Fairness in College Admissions: Rethinking Recruitment, Demonstrated Interest Strategies, Early Decision, and Legacy Admissions

This brief offers college leaders and admissions officials clear recommendations to ensure that their campus admissions are fair by rethinking recruitment strategies and demonstrated interest practices, and eliminating early decision and legacy admission. These practices…

The Urgency of Fair and Equitable Holistic Review of College Applicants

This brief is focused on holistic review, a strategy in college admissions that assesses an applicant’s unique experiences alongside a range of indicators that include grades, extra curriculars, environmental context, among other factors. For admissions…

Advancing Equity by Rethinking the Use of Tests in College Admissions

This brief discusses the equity implications of requiring college applicants to submit an SAT or ACT score as part of their application for admission, considerations for college leaders examining test-optional polices, and ways in which…

August 2023: Equitable College Preparation

Greater Equity in Higher Education Through Math Opportunity

This publication examines how math requirements, such as calculus, can serve as unfair gatekeepers of college access and preparation, disproportionately impacting historically underserved students.

October 2023: Redesigning College Preparation and Admissions for Equity

Greater Equity in College Access Through High School/College Dual Enrollment Programs

The Campaign for College Opportunity is proud to release Greater Equity in College Access Through High School/College Dual Enrollment Programs as part of our Affirming Equity, Ensuring Inclusion, and Empowering Action initiative.  Dual enrollment represents…

Direct Admissions: Reimagining College Applications to Promote Equity

The Campaign for College Opportunity is proud to release Direct Admissions: Reimagining College Applications to Promote Equity as part of our Affirming Equity, Ensuring Inclusion, and Empowering Action initiative. This publication examines how direct admissions…

November 2023: Equitable College Pathways and Supreme Court Overview

Advancing Equity With Effective Community College Transfer Pathways

Upward transfer from a community college to a four-year institution is a distinct component of higher education and has long been envisioned as an accessible and affordable route to a bachelor’s degree for students who…

Understanding Key Diversity and Equity Strategies in the Wake of the Supreme Court’s Decision on Race-Conscious Admissions in Higher Education

On June 29, 2023, after months of advocacy by students and higher education leaders nationwide, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a consolidated opinion that Harvard University and the University of North Carolina (UNC) violated…

December 2023: Equity-Minded Faculty Hiring Practices

Equity-Minded Faculty Hiring Practices: Promoting Fairness, Inclusion, and Faculty Diversity to Support Student Success in Higher Education

In June 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court in Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College and Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. University of North Carolina overruled 45 years of…

March 2024: Strengthening College Access and Success Through Affordability

Advancing Equity Through a Universal Financial Aid Application Policy

Financial aid opens the door to a college degree and makes higher education a real possibility for students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Student knowledge about financial aid availability and application processes, however, varies…

Equitable College Affordability Policies and Practices

The premise of public colleges is that all students have an equal opportunity to afford, attend, and succeed in higher education to achieve upward social and economic mobility. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Supporting…

Expert Spotlights

Expert Spotlight: Youlonda Copeland-Morgan

In this spotlight, we interviewed higher education equity leader Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, who offered best practices and advice to college and admission leaders at America’s selective colleges and universities informed by her experience that can help…

Expert Spotlight: Matthew Echeverria

The recent Supreme Court decision on race-conscious admissions has raised concerns about the future of diversity in higher education. High school senior Matthew Echeverria, a first-generation Latino student, shared his reaction to the decision and…

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