The Collection of Higher Education Policy for Minorities contains a variety of open access resources that provide a comprehensive and balanced view on higher education policy analysis for minorities in the United States. This Collection aims to disseminate high quality research to encourage the academic community, policymakers, and the public to engage and improve educational aspects and challenges that minority groups face. The collection contains population characterizations and policy analysis especially for the following minority groups: Latin American students, African American students, and Asian students. The selected materials come from approximately 70 organizations at the international, national, and local levels, as well as public, profit and non-profit organizations. The materials particularly focus on issues related to higher education access, educational attainment, educational financing, admission process and retention policies, cultural mismatch, socioeconomic barriers, and normative analyzes of educational equity. Most resources are available in English, but there are a few available in Spanish.

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  • Enrollment Management and the Low-Income Student 

    Bastedo, Michael (American Enterprise Institute, 2015-08-04)
    A wide range of actors are taking notice that low-income students constitute less than 5 percent of the enrollment at the U.S most selective institutions, a percentage that, despite a great deal of effort and policy reform, ...
  • Who is the modern CTE student? A descriptive portrait of career and technical education students in Texas 

    Giani, Matt S. (American Enterprise Institute, 2019-03-26)
    Vocational education was once synonymous with tracking—the systematic funneling of low-income, underrepresented minority, limited English proficient, and low-achieving students into technical pathways with limited educational ...
  • Enrolling More Veterans at High-Graduation-Rate Colleges and Universities 

    Bond Hill, Catharine; Kurzweil, Martin; Davidson Pisacreta, Elizabeth; Schwartz, Emily (ITHAKA S+R, 2019-01-10)
    In the U.S military veterans are another underrepresented group at these well-resourced institutions. Only one in ten veterans using GI Bill benefits enrolls in institutions with graduation rates above 70 percent, while ...
  • Using Educational Data to Increase Learning, Retention, and Degree Attainment at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) 

    Gasman, Marybeth; Conrad, Clifton F.; Bowman III, Nelson; Nguyen, Thai-Huy; Lundberg, Todd; Castro Samayoa, Andres (The Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania, 2013-11-01)
    The use of data to understand, improve, and document student progress is especially critical at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)—colleges and universities characterized by deep understandings of the students they serve, ...
  • Unlocking Emergent Talent: Supporting High Achievement of Low-Income, High-Ability Students 

    Olszewski-Kubilius, Paula; Clarenbach, Jane (The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2012)
    Today in America, there are millions of students who are overcoming challenging socioeconomic circumstances to excel academically. They defy the stereotype that poverty precludes high academic performance and that lower-income ...
  • Is the University Next Door the Way to Upward Mobility? 

    Klor de Alva, Jorge (American Enterprise Institute, 2019-04-04)
    Most of the nation’s bachelor’s students attend what are often called “comprehensive universities,” public institutions that primarily enroll students who live near the school and educate their students chiefly for jobs ...
  • University Diversity: A Study of Hispanic Women in Higher Education 

    Estrada, Valeria (Texas Woman's University, 2015)
    It is no surprise to hear that Hispanic women as a population have struggled to obtain degrees in higher education. They fit into two well-known disadvantaged groups: they are women, and they are an ethnic minority. The ...
  • Spotlight on MSIs: Turning Student Activism into Votes 

    Martinez, Andrew; Hallmark, Tyler (The Center for Minority Serving Institutions, 2018-10-01)
    Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) have long histories of civic engagement among their students and communities. For example, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were often at the center of civil rights ...
  • Tribal Colleges an Introduction 

    American Indian Higher Education Consortium; The Institute for Higher Education Policy (American Indian Higher Education Consortium; The Institute for Higher Education Policy, 1999-02-01)
    Tribal Colleges were created over the last 30 years in response to the higher education needs of American Indians, and generally serve geographically isolated populations that have no other means of accessing education ...
  • Lessons from Chile’s Transition to Free College 

    Delisle, Jason; Bernasconi, Andres (The Brookings Institution, 2018-03-15)
    Supporters of free college proposals in the U.S. often look to Europe for case studies, but Chile may actually provide a better comparative study. Tuition free higher education emerged in Chile as a popular idea in the ...
  • Transforming Faculty-led Study Abroad for Minority Serving Institution Students 

    Blake, Daniel; Esmieu, Paola 'Lola'; Gasman, Marybeth; Abraham, Keshia; Jones, Brandy (The Center for Minority Serving Institutions at the University of Pennsylvania, 2019-06-01)
    Faculty members are key stakeholders as they have the potential to create faculty-led programs and recruit students to study abroad. They are essential in promoting and encouraging the internationalization of institutions ...
  • Exploring the Relationship Between Campus Climate And Minority Stress in African American College Students 

    Clark, Isaac; Jr., Donald Mitchell (Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity, 2018)
    During recent decades, there has been a growth in research exploring the social experiences of African American students attending institutions of higher education. Research that examines minority stress suggests that ...
  • Time to Degree: A National View of the Time Enrolled and Elapsed for Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Earners 

    Shapiro, Doug; Dundar, Afet; Wakhungu, Phoebe K.; Yuan, Xin; Nathan, Angel; Hwang, Youngsik (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2016-09-01)
    This report examines time to degree completion for a cohort of students who earned an associate degree as their first and only postsecondary degree or a bachelor’s degree as their first four-year degree between July 1, ...
  • Transfer and Mobility: A National View of Student Movement in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2011 Cohort 

    Shapiro, Doug; Dundar, Afet; Huie, Faye; Wakhungu, Phoebe K.; Bhimdiwala, Ayesha; Nathan, Angel; Hwang, Youngsik (National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, 2018-07-01)
    This report examines multiple transfer pathways for the cohort of students who started postsecondary education in fall 2011. It analyzes student enrollment patterns across different institutions and across state boundaries, ...
  • The Merit Aid Illusion: The Hidden Winners in a Competition for Affluent College Students 

    Delisle, Jason D.; Christensen, Cody (American Enterprise Institute, 2019-05-08)
    There is widespread concern in the policy community that colleges and universities are increasingly shifting their financial aid budgets to favor students from high-income families. Observers often argue that institutions ...
  • The Talent Blind Spot: The Case for Increasing Community College Transfer to High Graduation Rate Institutions 

    Fresquez, Benjamin; LaViolet, Tania; Maxson, McKenzie; Wyner, Joshua (American Talent Initiative, 2018-06-27)
    Research has revealed that, each year, thousands of low-income high school graduates do not even apply to top colleges despite having the grades and test scores that make them competitive for admission. This fact has sparked ...
  • The College Completion Landscape: Trends, Challenges, and Why it Matters 

    Terry Long, Bridget (American Enterprise Institute, 2018-05-30)
    College completion is perhaps the most commonly used metric to gauge student success. Although the overall percentage of students that finish college has improved in recent years, the gain has not been substantial. In this ...
  • Student and parent perspectives on higher education financing: Findings from a Nationally Representative Survey on income-share agreements 

    Delisle, Jason D. (American Enterprise Institute, 2017-01-26)
    Income-share agreements (ISAs) are a new higher education financing tool meant to supplement or replace student loans. With an ISA, students agree to pay a set percentage of their future income for a set number of years ...
  • Institutional Transformation for Student Success: Lessons Learned from Ithaka S+R’s Case Studies 

    Brown, Jessie; Kurzweil, Martin (ITHAKA S+R, 2016-10-20)
    Over the past decade, U.S. colleges and universities have faced increasing pressure from funders, policymakers, and advocates to improve degree completion rates and demonstrate their value to students. At the same time, ...
  • Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups 2018 

    U.S. Department of Education, National Center For Education Statistics; American Institutes for Research (U.S. Department of Education, National Center For Education Statistics, 2019-02-01)
    Through indicators and spotlights—which examine selected topics in greater detail—this report shows that over time, increasing numbers of students in the racial/ethnic groups of White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian ...

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