Accountability and Opportunity in Higher Education

Accountability and Opportunity in Higher Education The Civil Rights Dimension

Edited by Gary Orfield and Nicholas Hillman
cloth, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-148-8
Price: $60.00

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paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: March 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-147-1
Price: $31.00

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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, and Urban Planning, and cofounder and codirector of the Civil Rights Project, at the University of California, Los Angeles. Nicholas Hillman is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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