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Racial/Ethnic Minority Students

  • The opportunity to access higher education and its benefits is imperative for the well-being and advancement of American society. Our nation’s competitiveness depends on improving the skills of the entire population and, in particular, members of groups that have been underserved or historically excluded from postsecondary education. While communities of color have made tremendous educational progress over the last several decades, data show that persistent gaps from preschool through postsecondary education and professional training continue for many, especially for black, Latina/o, American Indian, and Southeast Asian American students. 
  • The rapid growth of college enrollment over the last four decades has also resulted in an American student body that represents many more life stages and identities than previous generations of college-goers—adult learners, single parents, immigrants, and first-generation college students to name a few. ACE is committed to addressing the intersection of race and ethnicity with these many identities, and the related issues surrounding equality of opportunity for racial/ethnic minority students on America’s college campuses. 
  • For institutional and policy leaders, as well as for researchers and the general public, there remain few places to turn for accessible, objective, and timely information on these changes and on sub-populations of interest. Such information is necessary for institutional leaders, policymakers, and influencers to adapt and respond to the needs of diverse students and to construct inclusive learning environments.

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    Tribal College and University Funding

    This issue brief contextualizes the important progress tribal colleges and universities have made in Indian Country, and describes important inequities in federal, state, and local funding that limit these institutions’ ability to further their impact on the tribal communities they are chartered to serve.

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    ACE Survey Finds Increased Focus Among College Presidents on Campus Racial Climate

    Campus racial climate has become a larger priority for college and university presidents and their institutions, finds a new national online survey by ACE's Center for Policy Research and Strategy.

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    The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color

    A Blueprint for Improving Educational Outcomes for Black and Latino Men

    A new brief in CPRS's Viewpoints series aims to help educators and policymakers better understand the challenges young male students of color face and give them tools to address those challenges.

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    Hispanic-Serving Institutions

    Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs) are colleges and universities with 25 percent or more total undergraduate Hispanic enrollment. This issue brief offers an overview of federal funding requirements, current revenue streams available to HSIs, and examines threats to long-term HSI viability.

  • Higher Ed Spotlight: American Indians and Alaska Natives in Undergraduate Education

    American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) undergraduates are a diverse group in many ways, including the number of tribes they represent−566 federally recognized tribes across 35 states. National data help us understand degree aspirations and enrollment and financial aid trends that get lost in generalizations of the understudied AI/AN population that represents almost one percent of the national college student body. This infographic provides statistics on AI/AN students in undergraduate education.

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    ACE Event on Race, Class and College Access Report Underscores Need for Campus Diversity

    The gathering featured four different panels on topics related to college access and diversity with opening remarks by ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

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    A Dream Undone? Advancing Access and Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape

    This brief, published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling, provides a brief overview of the publication, "Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape.

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