Accountability and Opportunity in Higher Education

Accountability and Opportunity in Higher Education The Civil Rights Dimension

Edited by Gary Orfield and Nicholas Hillman
paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-147-1
Price: $33.00

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In Accountability and Opportunity in Higher Education, leading scholars address the unforeseen impact of accountability standards on students of color and the institutions that disproportionately serve them. The book describes how federal policies can worsen existing racial inequalities in higher education and offers alternative solutions aimed to protect and advance civil rights for low-income and minority students and their colleges.


To ensure the American Dream is a reality for all, equity should be at the center of public policy decisions. The authors challenge us to honor our commitment to opportunity in higher education, remind us to remain focused on improving the education of those historically underserved, and provide concrete strategies to better measure the institutions educating these students. — Deborah A. Santiago, cofounder and vice president for policy, Excelencia in Education

Orfield, Hillman, and their brilliant cast of authors make clear that neither opportunity nor civil rights can be advanced without accountability. They offer expert analyses and useful guidance to higher education leaders, faculty, and policy makers. This book is timely and incontestably important. — Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Professor, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

One of the many joys of this book is that the essays do not just highlight the problems of accountability; they also suggest solutions to these problems. — Jeffrey Wilson, Teachers College Record

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About the Editors

Gary Orfield is a Distinguished Research Professor of Education, Law, Political Science & Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also codirector of the Civil Rights Project, which he co-founded at Harvard University in 1996. He is a political scientist whose work includes more than a dozen authored or edited books, one of which was cited by the Supreme Court in upholding affirmative action. Orfield’s work focuses on equal opportunity and civil rights and has been included in testimony in more than twenty major class action civil rights lawsuits on school segregation, housing discrimination, and other civil rights violations. He has taught at six universities, including Harvard University and the University of Chicago, and is a member of the National Academy of Education.

Nicholas Hillman is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is also a faculty affiliate in Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. His research focuses on postsecondary finance and financial aid policy, primarily as they relate to college access and equity, and his work includes research on student loan debt and default, performance-based funding, and college affordability. Hillman teaches courses in politics of higher education, higher education finance, educational policy, and research methods.

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