Evolving the Application: Rewriting College Admissions for Equity and Access

From standardized testing to legacy preferences, higher education institutions have perpetuated endemic racial disparities that widen access and equity gaps. Disciplinary reporting, in particular, has a disproportionately negative impact on Black and Latinx students: Black K-12 students are nearly four times as likely to be suspended from school than white students and more likely to be disciplined for subjective causes, like expressing disrespect, than their peers. How can colleges and universities reimagine the college admissions process in ways that help them better understand the full range of skills, talents, and lived experiences that each applicant can bring to campus? Join former education secretaries, racial justice advocates, and higher education leaders to discuss the future of the college application – and the role of a more equitable admissions process in building a more just economy.

Moderator: Eric Waldo

Panelists: John King, Jenny Rickard, Arne Duncan