Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good releases report on undocumented students

Tags: access, burkhardt, diversity and social justice, higher education, policy

On July 10, 2012, the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good released a report based on a survey of institutional policies and practices concerning undocumented students. The information can help schools understand their state's policy environment. The report, "Reconciling Federal, State, and Institutional Policies Determining Educational Access for Undocumented Students: Implications for Professional Practice," is available from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator's website. The site also contains additional resources. Together, the report and the web resource center:

  • Offer an overview of federal and state policies for undocumented students
  • Give a snapshot of the number of undocumented students in each state, and the type of policy environment present
  • Examine how higher education officials consider and weigh conflicting values concerning the educational aspirations of undocumented students
  • Compare policy environments with the actual practices that shape access, participation and graduation
  • Explore how postsecondary institutions respond to existing laws regarding undocumented students and how they define compliance with them
  • Provide recommendations for campus administrators and higher education associations working to increase access to higher education for undocumented students

John Burkhardt, clinical professor at the School of Education, is the director of the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good.

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