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The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.


Equity Research

The Higher Education Advisory Group (HEA Group)

The HEA Group is a research and consulting agency focused on college access and success. Focused on ensuring that college investments pay off for more students, HEA’s reporting is featured by NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Inside Higher Ed. These articles and podcasts are available on HEA’s website, as is a dataset of the most expensive colleges in the United States by average “net price” (total out-of-pocket costs that students will need to finance either through personal funds or loans.”

From Exclusion to Opportunity: The Role of Postsecondary Education in Labor Force Segregation & for Action

This 2022 report by the Georgetown Center for Poverty and Inequality examines how postsecondary education—historically inaccessible to people of color and women—also plays a key role in reproducing and amplifying societal inequities by sorting students into specialized fields of study by race and gender.

The Unequal Race for Good Jobs

This 2019 study by the Georgetown Center for Education & Workforce reveals that the college bonus is not shared equally. The socioeconomic standing of African American and Latinx minorities who go to college and earn a degree does not increase as much as their white counterparts.

A college degree is worth less if you are raised poor

This 2016 Social Mobility Memo from the Brookings Institution offers a compelling analysis of the impact of a college degree on those raised in poverty and the lower income bump it provides.

Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education

This 2020 supplemental report by the American Council on Education, provides a data-informed foundation from which the higher education community and its many stakeholders can examine racial disparities in educational opportunities and outcomes, draw insights, raise new questions, and make the case for why we must talk about racial equity gaps present in American higher education.

The Case for an Anti-Racist Stance Toward Paying Off Higher Education’s Racial Debt

A June 2020 article in Change: The Magazine for Higher Learning arguing that a focus on the “achievement gap” does little more than perpetuate theories that associate academic achievement with individual effort, motivation, and drive. Rather, to combat racial inequality we have to focus on the ways in which higher education policy can result in racist outcomes. To avoid racism in policies, four criteria are provided to construct anti-racist higher education policy.

Indicators of Higher Education in the United States

A 2019 historical trend report published by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education (Pell Institute) at the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Alliance for Education. A link to the Equity Indicators Website provides access to data files allowing policymakers, educators, and the public to explore data on equality and opportunity in U.S. higher education.

State of Higher Education Equity

A project by The Education Trust offering state-by-state snapshots of where we stand in the quest for racial equity among degree-holders, how far we have to go, and what we need to do to get there.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Descriptors

Working definitions for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions discussions, prepared by the Emeritus Group.

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