New Institute to Focus on Issues of Equity in Higher Education

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) at Michigan State University has announced the establishment of a new research group to study ways to eliminate racial inequality in higher education. The new organization is called the Institute on Equity Research Methods and Critical Policy Analysis. Its mission is to create greater inclusion of minorities in higher education, transform higher education policy centers to give greater attention to the needs and interest of minority communities, and to develop greater recognition for minority scholars who are experts on public policy issues.

Seed money for the new institute was provided by a grant from the Ford Foundation. The institute will be a collaborative effort between ASHE, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston, and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California.