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Is Financial Aid the New Affirmative Action?

Many highly selective colleges are pumping up their financial aid offerings. With race-conscious admissions out of the picture, it may be their best bet for diversity.

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Report: Exploring the Differences in First-Gen Demographics

New data from Common App evaluates definitions of first-generation students and the impact any parental education can have.

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Report: How Colleges Can Contribute to Rural Pathways for Careers

New research from Jobs for the Future identifies strategies higher ed leaders can implement to help learners from rural communities pursue postsecondary education and higher earning opportunities.

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Research: Understanding the First-Gen Experience

A qualitative study from a Virginia Tech researcher identifies five themes in the lived experiences of first-generation students in a scholarship program and five recommendations to better support them.

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The Joys of ‘Leading From the Margins’

Hollins University president Mary Hinton discusses her new book, about how her identity as a Black woman from the rural South shaped her approach to college leadership.

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The Economic Returns of a Rural Education

A recent report argues rural-serving institutions offer meaningful benefits to their students, including quicker times to degree and lower prices.

New Report Challenges Conventional Wisdom on Economic Mobility

A new Urban Institute report indicates that job outcomes and economic mobility are more tied to the race and gender...
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Are the Legacy Dominoes Finally Falling?

Virginia is likely to ban legacy preferences for public colleges next month, making it the first state to do so since the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action. Others are poised to follow suit.