Informing Improvement: Recommendations for Enhancing Accreditor Data-Use to Promote Student Success and Equity

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The Institute for Higher Education Policy
Education Counsel


As the higher education landscape has expanded beyond issues of access and affordability to include an emphasis on student completion and employment outcomes, accreditors can play a leadership role in advancing this important change. A shift to student success that rightfully centers in part on closing equity gaps between low-income students and students of color and their peers ensures that students from all backgrounds have a genuine opportunity to thrive in and after college. In this context, the authors offer three recommendations for proactive steps that accreditors can take to incorporate outcomes-focused, equity-minded data into the entire review cycle to spur more evidence-driven institutional improvement.



low-income students, college affordability, educational equity