Beyond the Headlines: Digging Deeper with College Access and Affordability
(1 credit hour)
The college admission and financial aid field have been focused on access, affordability, and inclusion for decades. And yet, students and families continue to struggle financially. This session explores whether traditional, media-hyped measures of college financial access, equity, and inclusion—while helpful starting points—are incomplete. Explore important aspects of admission and financial aid practices that directly impact students but are currently un- or under-examined despite being steeped in classism and racism. Go beyond the boiled-down binaries so often used to talk about our work and dig into additional, meaningful measures of access, equity, inclusion, and true affordability.
- Ashley Bianchi, Director of Student Financial Services, Williams College
- Liz Creighton, Dean of Admission and Student Financial Services, Williams College
- Twink Williams Burns, Strategic Adviser for Admission and Financial Aid Community Engagement, Williams College
- Attendees will examine 3 traditional measures of college financial access and equity and interrogate who and what these topics leave out, despite the sparkling headlines.
- Attendees will discuss and collaboratively workshop possible financial policy and/or practice solutions to bring back to their institutions.
- Attendees will learn that while every college community is unique and will require different solutions given differing budget constraints, every institution, and our field as a whole, can take action towards making the college journey truly more financially attainable and sustainable for all students.