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How colleges can better recruit minority students

At NACAC meeting, educators share tips for how colleges can land a diverse student body. And others caution about what not to do.

First-generation students describe paths to college success

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51% of first-generation students surveyed feel like they belong on campus over all, while an additional 29% feel like they belong but only in certain spaces on campus.

While first-generation college students’ backgrounds and challenges are unique to the individual, they tend to have high expectations and multifaceted postgraduation goals—plus complex support needs.

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A brown-skinned woman with dark hair faces away from the camera. She is wearing a backpack.

Briefs offer reasons to do away with affirmative action

Thirty-four briefs argue that Harvard and UNC, and other colleges that base their admissions plans on the Grutter decision, should be forced to change.

Transfer student enrollment continued to fall last year

A new study finds that transfer enrollment from two- to four-year institutions dropped precipitously across all demographics and institutions. The consequences could be stark for underserved students.

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A student walking to class at Glendale Community College in Arizona.

The push to end caste-based discrimination on campus

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California State University became the first system to add caste to its nondiscrimination policy, creating a blueprint for others. But some faculty oppose the measure for singling out South Asians.

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Foundation provides millions for equity in the liberal arts

The Schuler Education Foundation plans to give $500 million to up to 25 liberal arts colleges -- including Bates, Carleton and Union -- to expand access for underserved students.

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How much do inequities in higher education cost?

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Georgetown University researchers estimate in a new report that the United States loses billions of dollars annually because of inequities in higher education.

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Study finds campus residence halls have racialized labels

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A new study of three universities found that certain dorms on their campuses were widely, but unofficially, considered off-limits for low-income students and students of color.

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Tribal colleges report pandemic-related challenges around mental health, persistence and internet access

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Lack of internet access, declining first-year enrollment and increasing student withdrawals are just some of the pandemic-related challenges. Many students have also lost family members to COVID-19.

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University of Richmond students demand removal of white supremacist names from campus buildings

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Black students at the University of Richmond are not happy that the name of a Black newspaper editor and civil rights activist will be added to a building alongside the name of a white segregationist and eugenicist.

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