New Online Toolkit to Help Colleges Improve Access and Reach Next-Generation Diversity Goals

Thursday, May 27, 2010

 

The Access & Diversity Collaborative has released new resources for higher education institutions that are looking to improve access and reach next-generation diversity goals in a legally sound way.

The Access & Diversity Toolkit: A Resource for Higher Education Professionals was designed to guide discussions among higher education professionals and broader communities on access and diversity issues. It was released along with a policy paper, A 21st Century Imperative: Promoting Access and Diversity in Higher Education, which was published in collaboration with the American Council on Education. Both publications are part of the collaborative’s efforts to provide immediately useful guidance to institutions that are seeking ways to achieve their enrollment diversity goals.

The 10-part toolkit can be used as a whole or in pieces that are easy to reproduce for small groups or larger meetings, said Bradley Quin, executive director for higher education advocacy and special initiatives for the College Board. The toolkit includes sections on admission, financial aid and scholarships, managing policy changes, state voter initiatives, and higher education leadership.

“These tools can help frame conversations,” said Quin. “It is literally a toolkit, designed to give campuses the utility to engage in broad conversations in an organized fashion. If we believe the rhetoric — that diversity is beneficial to everyone — then we have to effectively take that message to a broader community audience.”

The toolkit and the policy paper were sent to about 15,000 education and policy leaders around the country, who have received them enthusiastically, Quin said. An electronic version of the toolkit also is available on the newly launched Advocacy & Diversity website.

The website and the toolkit are the culmination of years of work by the collaborative, an initiative begun after the U.S. Supreme Court rulings on diversity in the University of Michigan cases. In the past six years, the collaborative has sponsored more than 30 national seminars attended by more than 1,500 representatives from nearly 400 institutions and organizations. The collaborative also provides policy and legal guidance on diversity-related issues through numerous guides and policy briefs that address key strategic planning and policy development issues.

For more information on the collaborative or to download the toolkit, visit www.collegeboard.com/accessanddiversity.

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