Institutional holds on course registration are one way that colleges prompt students to complete required administrative and financial actions. However, a new survey finds that those holds disproportionately affect students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Topics: Educational outcomes
Introductory courses disproportionately drive out underrepresented minority students from STEM fields
Want to welcome more underrepresented students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields? Rethink the policies and assumptions that hamper their success, researchers say.
What will it take to close career achievement gaps?
Even when they hold the same college degree, low-income students, students of color, and first-generation students still find it more difficult to land a good job after graduation than wealthier, white peers.
Report offers closer look at representation within fields of study
Simply increasing diversity on campus is not enough to prevent persistent under- or over-representation of racial and ethnic groups in certain majors, according to a new report.
Stranded credits stand between millions of former students and a college degree
Around 6.6 million former college students have earned academic credits that they can’t claim because their institution withholds transcripts in the event of an outstanding balance—and very few programs exist to help.
How could COVID-19 affect college attainment in the long-term?
While many observers have been focused on the pandemic’s short-term implications for fall enrollment, others say the disruption could last for years, potentially widening socioeconomic gaps.
New book: Georgetown authors explore higher ed’s role in fostering, fixing inequality
As much as 60 to 70 percent of the growth in earnings gaps since the 1980s can be traced back to disparities in college access and degree completion, according to a new book from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Experts urge colleges to embrace this chance for educational innovation
As colleges and universities consider how they will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic, a number of higher education experts are urging institutions to resist a return to business as usual.
What’s ahead for law students unable to take the bar or attend summer jobs?
Whether they’re graduating this spring, preparing for a summer program, or just starting their legal education, students at the nation’s law schools are facing unique challenges and an uncertain future in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus crisis further complicating life for adult learners and student parents
Adult learners and student parents were already balancing competing priorities before COVID-19, but the pandemic has added even more demands to the mix.
A state-by-state look at postsecondary education for incarcerated people
Despite research showing the positive impact of postsecondary education for incarcerated people, less than one-third of states are using available funding streams, and more than three-quarters actively restrict access.
Improving underrepresented students’ path to high-quality STEM careers
Community colleges and minority-serving institutions are finding ways to support underrepresented students in pursuing STEM careers.