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

August 18, 2014



​Seven scholars will address the question, “Will Higher Ed Accountability Proposals Narrow Opportunity For Minority Students & Minority-Serving Institutions?​” at a Sept. 2 forum in Washington, DC, led by the Civil Rights Project and cosponsored by ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, along with five other organizations.

Registration is open and the event is free to the public. 

The agenda will focus on the challenges facing students of color and the colleges and universities that serve them, and the potential impact of the Obama administration’s recent accountability and financial aid policy changes.

Speakers and topics include:

  • Stella Flores (Vanderbilt University [TN]): How racial gaps in college completion are associated with both the pre-college characteristics of students and the institutions they attend. 
  • Marybeth Gasman (University of Pennsylvania): A demographic comparison of students at MSIs versus students nationally.
  • Sara Goldrick-Rab (University of Wisconsin–Madison): Why developing financial aid policy requires recognition of the broad diversity of institutions attracting students who rely on loans.
  • Sylvia Hurtado (University of California, Los Angeles): How ratings criteria fail to credit institutions that, despite differences in their resources, do better than expected on attainment for the low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students they serve.
  • Nicholas Hillman (University of Wisconsin–Madison): How the proposed ratings system could result in “education deserts” that limit choices for students.
  • Wille Kirkland (Dillard University [LA]): How Dillard and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities have been negatively impacted by reforms to the Parent PLUS loan program.
  • Anne-Marie Nuñez (University of Texas at San Antonio): How a postsecondary ratings system could shortchange HSIs and their outcomes.

Gary Orfield of the Civil Rights Project will moderate the briefing, which will be held at the U.S Capitol Visitors Center congressional auditorium and atrium.

To join the conversation on Twitter​, use #CRPEdForum.

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