A Note to the Higher Education Community

Many, if not most, institutions of higher education define their mission in part through goals associated with the educational benefits of diversity. Though every institution is unique and defines its mission accordingly, many ground their diversity efforts upon a common framework focused on improved teaching and learning, preparation for a 21st Century workforce, and enhancing civic engagement. And they define diversity broadly – inclusive of a wide range of student characteristics, experiences, and abilities.

American higher education presents greater opportunities but faces greater demands than ever before. Growth and diversity are present everywhere from student populations, program offerings, and institutions themselves. With a history of changing to meet new student demand and needs since the early days of the republic, American higher education once again must evolve to provide meaningful postsecondary opportunities for the diverse and growing population of 21st century students.


Welcome to the new website of EducationCounsel. We are excited to share our work with visitors and to highlight the important activities of our partners. Each day we work to improve education and close the achievement gap, focusing on building systems of quality that are available to all from early childhood through higher education. We bring together federal, state and local policymakers to focus on solutions, drawing on best practices, research and promising new ideas and initiatives across the country. Our staff (see them here!) have been working with local districts on new ways to think about assessment and accountability, playing Moneyball for Education and discussing new strategies to improve diversity on college campuses. Come back often to see our LatestCounsel, and to find new examples of our ongoing work.

During a speech to the 2015 National Parent Teacher Association Convention, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan released a set of rights that outlines what families should be able to expect for their children’s education. Secretary Duncan listed free, quality preschool; high, challenging standards and engaging teaching and leadership in a safe, supportive, well-resourced school; and an affordable, quality college degree as fundamental educational rights.


July 8, 2015
On the evening of June 17, 2015, a hate crime took place at a Wednesday prayer meeting at Mother Emanuel AME Church near Marion Square in Charleston.


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