A new report from the Institute of Higher Education Policy finds that there are eight recruitment, admissions, and enrollment policies and practices that may seem neutral in intent have an inequitable impact on Black students and other underrepresented groups or students from low-income backgrounds.
Specifically, the report looks into the impact of recruitment practices; demonstrated interest policies; early admissions deadlines; legacy admissions; use of standardized testing; use of criminal justice information; developing effective transfer policies; and need-based financial aid policies on equal access to higher education.
The report and accompanying advocacy tools set forth actionable recommendations for policymakers and practitioners at colleges and universities – and, where relevant, for state and federal policymakers – to reexamine current recruitment, admissions, and enrollment strategies and put equity at the forefront.
Mamie Voight, interim president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, said that “in the face of disparities in college access and attainment by race, ethnicity, and income-level, now is not the time to hope for change in spite of long-standing policies. Now is the time to rethink these policies. Now is the time for institutions to use all of the tools at their disposal, including recruitment, admissions, and enrollment policies, to promote equity. For the door to be open to all of today’s students, regardless of race, ethnicity, or income, we must have our eyes open to the impact of each policy and practice.”
The full 106-page report, The Most Important Door That Will Ever Open: Realizing the Mission of Higher Education Through Equitable Recruitment, Admissions, and Enrollment Policies, may be downloaded here.