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Racial/Ethnic Minority Students

  • ACE’s maintains an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of equal access to a quality education for all members of society. That commitment requires a deliberate focus when addressing the needs of racial and ethnic minorities. Even with the increasing diversity in our U.S. population illustrated by the 2010 United States Census, disparities persist in the quality of education and the trajectory into higher education and careers for ethnic and racial minorities. For example, ACE is committed to driving research and illuminating innovative programs focused on cultivating a talented pool of underrepresented minorities in fields such as science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In September 2010, the Obama administration announced an initiative to increase the number of STEM teachers by 100,000 within the decade. This ambitious goal not only supports the needs of our nation, it is specifically aimed at achieving greater access for underrepresented minorities and women. This goal is alignment with ACE’s vision and commitment to these same populations.

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    A Dream Undone?

    A historic survey study of admissions and enrollment management leaders at four-year nonprofit, non-open-access institutions from around the country

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    Report Finds Demographics of College Graduates Do Not Reflect Changes in Overall Student Body

    A new analysis from ACE finds that individuals who earned their baccalaureate degrees in 2007-08 were not nearly as racially diverse as the overall undergraduate student body.

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    Minorities in Higher Education: 2011 Supplement

    Raising the education level of the overall U.S. population requires closing the educational gaps among racial/ethnic groups and by gender. Although the members of the younger generation of some racial/ethnic groups are more likely to attain college degrees than their predecessors, that is not the case across all groups. Other findings include: the high school completion rate for young people has not improved much, and college enrollment gaps have widened among racial/ethnic groups during the past two decades.

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    Undergraduate Degrees Conferred, by Field of Study and Race/Ethnicity: 2009-2010

    The Center for Policy Research and Strategy is responsible for the content in ACE Fact Sheets on Higher Education.

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    Degree and Enrollment Status of 2003-04 Beginning Postsecondary Students in Spring 2009, by Degree Aspiration & Institution at Entrance, by Race, and by Family Income & Dependency

    The Center for Policy Research and Strategy is responsible for the content in ACE Fact Sheets on Higher Education.

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    Minorities in Higher Education: Twenty-Fourth Status Report 2010

    This 2010 edition analyzes the latest racial/ethnic and gender trends in high school completion, college enrollment, persistence, degree completion, faculty, administrators, and presidents. A key finding is that while postsecondary educational attainment continues to flat-line in the United States, attainment rates have dipped for the youngest group (aged 25 to 34). Produced with support from the GE Foundation, this edition also features an in-depth analysis of Hispanics. As immigrants, young adult Hispanics experience a host of barriers to further education. The report calls for a more realistic understanding of the implications of the Hispanic population on the nation’s educational and economic competitiveness.

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    Minorities in Higher Education: 2009 Supplement

    Closing the educational gaps among racial/ethnic groups and by gender is essential for raising the education level of the overall U.S. population. However, the 2009 supplement finds that gaps among these groups remain substantial, and for some races/ethnicities the younger generation is less likely to attain college degrees than its predecessors. Other highlights include: the high school completion rate for young people has been at a standstill, while college enrollment gaps have widened among racial/ethnic groups during the past two decades.

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    Minorities in Higher Education: 2007 Supplement

    This special supplement to the 22nd edition presents the latest data on high school completion and college participation rates, educational attainment rates, and degrees conferred. In each case, information is included for the racial and ethnic groups for whom data is available for the years reported.

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    June 17, 2015

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    ACE to Release New Report on “Race, Class and College Access” at July Convening

    ACE's Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) will release a groundbreaking new report, “Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape,” at a convening July 21 in Washington, DC.

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    September 24, 2014

    ACE Opens Survey to Admissions and Enrollment Management Leaders

    The results will inform a new study to examine how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions have changed contemporary admissions practices.

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    September 24, 2014

    HBCUs, Other MSIs Can Apply Now to Participate in New Change and Innovation Lab

    Four-year historically black colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions and Hispanic-serving institutions can apply now to participate in a second round of the Change and Innovation Lab.

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    September 4, 2014

    Capitol Hill Event Addresses Accountability and Minority-Serving Institutions, Students

    Scholars scrutinized the impact of the Obama administration’s proposed college ratings plan and other policies on minority-serving institutions and minority students Tuesday at a Capitol Hill forum hosted by the UCLA Civil Rights Project and cosponsored by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, among others.

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    August 18, 2014

    Sept. 2 Event Will Focus on Accountability Proposals and Minority-Serving Institutions, Students

    ​Seven scholars will address the question, “Will Higher Ed Accountability Proposals Narrow Opportunity For Minority Students & Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs)?” at a Sept. 2 forum in Washington, DC.

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    July 1, 2013

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    Higher Education Community: Diversity on College Campuses Remains Essential National Priority

    In the wake of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the higher education community stands committed to furthering the goals of equal opportunity and diversity on college campuses.

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    June 11, 2012

    ACE Board of Directors Resolution on Diversity

    Resolution approved by the ACE Board of Directors in June 2012 to preserve, support and enhance diversity on college and university campuses.

  • October 5, 2011

    Racial Disparities, Gender Gaps Persist in Student Achievement in Higher Education

    Large disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups even for younger generations in higher education, and women are surpassing men in postsecondary attainment, according to Minorities in Higher Education—Twenty-Fourth Status Report: 2011 Supplement from ACE.

  • CPRS Graduate Research Associate Program

    The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Graduate Research Associate Program is housed in ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy (CPRS) and is designed to provide graduate students a ‘real-world’ policy research experience within a leading national higher education association. Representing the interests of campus executives and leaders of higher education associations and organizations, ACE provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives.

  • CPRS Publications: 2009-2015

    CPRS produces publications that provide stakeholders with acute insight, rigorous analysis, and on-the-ground application. The Center approaches the study of higher education through the use of varying methodologies and data sources. Analytical frameworks include those found in research on educational equity, education policy, organizational and systems management, and disruptive innovation.

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