The Playbook: Understanding the Role of Race Neutral Strategies in Advancing Higher Education Diversity Goals (2d Ed. 2019)

Published November 2019
by Art Coleman, Jamie Lewis-Keith, and Emily Webb

Published in November 2019 by the College Board’s Access and Diversity Collaborative and EducationCounsel, and designed principally for enrollment policy leaders and practitioners, this guide provides practical information regarding potentially viable race- and ethnicity-neutral strategies and selection criteria (“plays”) that may advance institutional diversity interests, including those associated with race and ethnicity. Framed in the context of relevant federal nondiscrimination law, and including descriptions of over 40 institutional and organizational illustrations and models, this second edition of The Playbook addresses 9 plays:

  • Race Attentive and Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment
  • Flexible Admission and Aid Criteria and Test Use
  • Socioeconomic Status
  • Geography
  • Experience or Service Commitment Associated with Race
  • First-Generation Status and Other Special Circumstances
  • Percent Plans
  • Educational Collaboration Agreements
  • Cohort Programs.
As in the first edition of this guide, plays described are among the most commonly used and/or the most promising; have some evidence of effectiveness; and can be legally sustainable when properly designed and executed.