In an effort to help higher education officials evaluate their race- and ethnicity-conscious recruitment, outreach, and retention practices, the College Board, through its groundbreaking Access and Diversity Collaborative on Enrollment Management and the Law, has published a manual to help colleges and universities work toward educationally and legally sound policies. Federal Law and Recruitment, Outreach, and Retention: A Framework for Evaluating Diversity-Related Programs is a companion manual to Federal Law and Financial Aid published last spring.
The College Board’s Access and Diversity Collaborative began following the U.S. Supreme Court decisions in the 2003 University of Michigan cases about race-conscious practices. The material included in this manual is the result of discussions with nearly 200 enrollment management, admissions, legal, and policy experts convened by the College Board for a series of national seminars held during the spring of 2005. The work was supported by 34 sponsoring institutions and educational systems, four other education associations, the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation.
The publication, authored by Arthur L. Coleman, Scott R. Palmer and Femi S. Richards from the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP, includes an overview of federal law applicable to race- and ethnicity-conscious recruitment, outreach and retention programs, and outlines action steps for institutional self-assessment. The manual reviews key issues and questions that institutions should consider in reviewing their policies. It leads campus leaders through the process of institutional self-assessment and discusses in detail the analyses necessary to understand to the best way to structure policies that achieve diversity-related goals and minimize legal risk.
“Federal Law and Recruitment provides practical and useful guidance to help to evaluate our existing recruitment, outreach, and retention programs,” said Dr. Mabel G. Freeman, assistant vice president of undergraduate admissions and First-Year Experience at The Ohio State University. “It frames a forward-thinking agenda that addresses the needs of all college and university leaders interested in pursuing diversity-related goals.”
The report can be downloaded at http://www.collegeboard.com/diversitycollaborative/background.html
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