Education has a well-documented equity problem. The causes are rooted in the structures of our institutions, not in the makeup of our students. Leaders have a responsibility to eliminate policies, practices, and attitudes that perpetuate disparities in outcomes.
Race and equity need to be a part of every conversation we have about the future of our students and schools. What follows is our first effort at a curated collection of resources you can use to support discussion with your colleagues and enact meaningful change at your institution. We invite ideas for future research as EAB continues its work to promote equitable outcomes.
Addressing Equity in Higher Education
Equipping Enrollment Management to Enroll a Diverse Student Body
A proliferation of college access programs fails to combat under-enrollment of underrepresented minority and low-income students. Discover how colleges and universities can increase the college-going rate of underrepresented populations through pipeline improvement efforts.
Hear how Montana State University partnered with EAB, with the goal of creating a national institution with a diverse student community celebrating a variety of backgrounds.
Read this insight for strategies on how to most effectively communicate with the parents of first generation students.
Redesign Developmental and Introductory Math Courses
At four-year institutions 27 percent of Latinx students, 37 percent of black students, and 30 percent of Pell recipients are enrolled in remedial math; compared to 24 percent all students and 19 percent of white students. Few of these students earn a degree. Learn how to eliminate this barrier to equity by redesigning math pathways.
Read this brief for strategies to redesign mathematics courses to better support the success of all students.
Enroll Students in Pre-College Academic Preparation Programs
Students enter college with different levels of academic confidence, often caused by prejudicial treatment from previous educational experiences. Without building that confidence and other college navigation skills early, students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students may not persist and complete at the same rates as their majority peers.
Read this brief to learn how to help remove students' expectations and doubts and build confidence through pre-college programs.
This study will help you identify areas where you can better support the first-generation students on your campus.
Reform Registration and Administrative Policies
Complex registration processes add barriers and confuse students, especially first-generation students, often discouraging them from reenrolling. The most common barriers are registration holds levied by offices to compel students to complete paperwork, pay balances, or carry out other transactions. Learn how to ease the administrative burden on students.
Uncover key things your institution can do now to pull forward registration while also making it easier to bring back the “wait-and-see students” once they decide to return.
Create an Emergency Micro-grant and Basic Needs Support Program
Financial barriers drive more students out of college than any other factor. Leading institutions are putting in new policies to help students deal with temporary financial concerns and prevent attrition due to small balances. Learn how to implement these grants and maximize your equity efforts.
Get answers to your most pressing questions on the CARES Act, and recommendations on how to best distribute funds to students.
Learn how financial aid strategies like bursar hold forgiveness and emergency grants can eliminate financial stress for your students.
Simplify Early Academic Planning
At most institutions, academic degree plans and program curricula were created to accommodate full-time, financially dependent, direct-entry students. To close demographic disparities in student outcomes, institutions must pay particular attention to breakdowns in transfer degree pathways and courseload choices.
Access best practices on how enrollment managers are growing transfer enrollment by eliminating barriers to entry posed by standard outreach and admissions procedures.
Use this toolkit to design student-centric program maps and course schedules and to train advisors to guide students onto best-fit paths.
Use this study to unlock your institution’s capabilities within the Guided Pathways model and efficiently move toward student success goals.
Focus on Part-Time Student Needs
Students of color enroll part-time at higher rates than their majority White peers. Unfortunately, few colleges have adapted their academic pathways, course schedules, or services to accommodate these students. Learn how to make structural changes that will benefit part-time students and help you achieve your equity goals.
Uncover key areas of opportunity to meet the equity imperative by focusing on technology-enabled support strategies to improve completion rates for part-time students.
Proactively Manage Advising Caseloads
As institutions try to manage large student-to-advisor ratios, caseload management approaches can help focus time on those students who have the greatest need. Technology can help advisors plan interventions and ensure that students have the support they need. Learn how to adopt a population health management approach to student success.
This white paper explores how PHM works and how it could serve as a new blueprint for improved student outcomes.
Coordinate Student Support Networks
As students, especially students of color and low-income students, navigate a challenging economy, a global pandemic, and painful, racist events, they will have multi-faceted needs that require support from across campus. Learn how to coordinate efforts among critical support offices to ensure persistence and graduation.
Learn how a Coordinated Care Network solves two key challenges related to the student experience.
Uncover the five building blocks of successful early-alert programs and strategies to bridge the gaps.
Foster Social Support and Personal Belonging
Many students of color and first-generation students attending institutions with demographic makeups vastly different from their home communities may feel, or be made to feel, unwelcome on campus. Learn how to build a stronger sense of belonging and a more inclusive campus community through bias response and peer to peer support programs.
Uncover best practices in developing and implementing peer-to-peer support to maximize their impact on student success and student equity.
Whether you are currently considering launching a team, or evaluating an existing team, uncover four key lessons learned around BRTs to guide your efforts.
Watch our on-demand webconference to determine if your institution would benefit from creating a bias response team.
Reduce Disparities in Critical Course Grades
Too often, critical introductory courses rely on passive, lecture-heavy teaching methods and norm-referenced grading practices. Early demographic disparities emerge in these courses, partially due to gaps in academic self-confidence, preparation, and feelings of belonging caused by these instructional practices. Learn how to redesign these courses to promote student equity.
Large required courses with failure rates as high as 30-60% can create retention and time-to-degree issues for hundreds or even thousands of students at a single institution. Discover how to encourage highly effective, engaging pedagogy and give faculty knowledge of student-centered course redesign.
Re-enroll Stop Out Students
The vast majority of stopped out students report a desire to return and complete their credentials. However, these students have many concerns about reenrolling—ranging from financial to academic. Learn more about reenrollment campaigns that have proven successful at reengaging stopped out students and incentivizing their completion.
Reduce Bias in Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
Despite decades of initiatives to increase diversity among college and university faculty members, most campuses have made little progress. Academic leaders must reprioritize both greater numerical representation of underrepresented groups among faculty and a more inclusive environment. Learn how to reform your faculty recruitment and hiring processes to mitigate bias at each stage.
Learn how the pressure from students and shifting demographics that are driving a new urgency among academic leaders to prioritize both greater numerical representation of underrepresented groups among faculty and a more inclusive environment for faculty, students, and staff.
Audit your campus practices to identify areas where you can improve student equity as you develop your COVID-19 operating plan for the fall and beyond.
Addressing Equity in K-12 Institutions
Bridging the Third Grade Reading Gap
Three-fourths of all students who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade will never reach full proficiency later. These students are also less likely to attend college and to find living-wage jobs. Schools have for too long failed to adjust their practices to support lower-income students and students of color in reaching this key milestone.
Explore our research, tools, and resources to help you pursue the strategies and systems needed to address the reading skill gap.
Closing the College Access Gap
Disparities in postsecondary degree attainment have grown or remained unchanged over recent years. These resources provide practical guidance on how to change your college counseling policies and practices to improve post-graduation and college attendance for all of your students, especially those who are traditionally underserved.
Explore 14 in-depth best practices for improving college access for low-income and minority students, based on interviews with more than 100 K-12 leaders representing school districts and organizations nationwide.
Bring together administrators, faculty, advisors, and staff to support students from enrollment to graduation and beyond