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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.
This post was written by Art Coleman, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
In the higher education world, all eyes are again on the U.S. Supreme Court, where a second appeal involving the challenge to the University of Texas’ race-conscious admission policy will be heard sometime in the 2015-16 term. I was somewhat shocked by the press response to the Court’s grant of review a second time this summer: a number of headlines predicted the death of affirmative action.
How should data be used to inform higher education? Which data should be used? These are important questions that EducationCounsel has been exploring through our work in a number of areas.
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