Our response to COVID19

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.



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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Descriptors

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

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.

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