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
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…
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…
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
This publication examines how math requirements, such as calculus, can serve as unfair gatekeepers of college access and preparation, disproportionately impacting historically underserved students.
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…
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…
Please check back in for publications focused on:
- Equitable preparation for college, including an analysis of indicators schools can use to measure and increase college opportunity across their student populations. This brief will include an analysis of access to college preparatory curriculum, FAFSA completion rates, dual enrollment strategies, and math course offerings as an opportunity or hurdle.
- Equitable admissions practices in higher education, which includes top percent plans and direct admissions strategies.
- Strategies for ensuring a welcoming campus environment
- Inclusive hiring of faculty, staff, and college leaders
- Financial aid, including an analysis of need-based aid, merit-based aid, equity frameworks, and support for undocumented students.
- Strong transfer pathways including an analysis of the Associate Degree for Transfer in California.
- Expanding capacity
- Course placement for success
- Institutional funding strategies to improve outcomes for underserved students
- Ensuring strong disaggregated data and analysis
Learn more about this effort