5 Keys to Creating True Equity in College Admissions and Financial Aid

"Understanding the link between selectivity and racial inequity in college admissions is one of several key strategies in dismantling long-standing and system barriers to college access," University Business reports. 

"Some steps have been taken, such as eliminating legacy admissions and making use standardized test scores optional. But these measures amount to treating the symptoms rather than zeroing in on the root causes through a student-centered, big picture examination of  admissions and financial aid, says the new “Toward a More Equitable Future for Postsecondary Access” report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators." 

..."The report also urges higher ed leaders to further reflect on how inequities are merely incidental but rather inherent in very design of admission and financial aid systems. It also urges further study of impediments to access for by traditional-aged and adult students of color, particularly Black students.

'We have the tools at our disposal to push for a more equitable playing field for all college students, but it must start with the willingness of institutional leaders and policymakers to lean into the sometimes-uncomfortable situation of exploring and ensuring that policies align with our values,' NASFAA President Justin Draeger said."

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Publication Date: 1/21/2022

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