The American Council on Education (ACE) has long advocated access, equity and diversity in U.S. higher education. For nearly 25 years, ACE’s Minorities in Higher Education Annual Status Report has helped campus leaders and policymakers gauge the progress made by people of color in higher education. This Status Report is widely recognized as the national source of information on current trends related to people of color, specifically students, faculty, staff and administrators, in U.S. higher education.
The data used to prepare the Status Report has historically come from the U.S. Department of Education. In recent years the Department of Education has changed the way it collects demographic data from postsecondary institutions. This change complicates the ability to conduct reliable trend analyses, which has been the primary information reported in the Status Report. Given this change, ACE has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend publication of the traditional biennial Status Report until reliable trend analyses can be performed.
ACE remains committed to providing campus leaders with timely, accurate, and actionable information pertaining to diversity and inclusion in U.S. higher education. To this end, and with the support of the GE Foundation, ACE has created a new issue brief series entitled Diversity Matters in U.S. Higher Education. We hope that these briefs will serve institutional leaders with thought-provoking information to address issues of diversity and inclusion on their own campuses.