Diversity and Access

Regardless of whether institutions use race-conscious or race-neutral admission policies, NACAC recognizes and seeks to educate the community on the substantial benefits derived from a diverse student body and the complexity of the admission process. ​​​​​​​​​This page offers the most recent guidance for NACAC members on race-conscious admission.

Current litigation, including a lawsuit against University of North Carolina, continue to pose potential threats to the future of race-conscious admission policies. NACAC will continue to monitor changes and will update this webpage as necessary.

Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard (2019)

The US district judge of the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts ruled in favor of Harvard, finding "no persuasive documentary evidence of any racial animus or conscious prejudice against Asian Americans."

Read NACAC's press release on this decision.

Fisher v. UT Austin (2016)

The Fisher II decision upholds UT-Austin's use of race-conscious admissions and preserves the earlier positions that colleges have a compelling interest in ensuring student body diversity.

Read NACAC's press release on this decision.

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  • Called In: Eliminating Toxicity and Disrupting the Norm

    After students from historically marginalized backgrounds arrive on college campuses each fall, fresh-faced and optimistic about the future, many struggle to find a sense of belonging at their institutions. Lawrence Alexander, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Carney Sandoe & Associates, has made it his goal to change that.

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  • Fisher Ruling Q&A

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Second Ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas: Preliminary Q&A on the Decision and Its Possible Implications (Access and Diversity Collaborative, June 2016)

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  • Diversity and Access Collaborative

    NACAC is a sponsoring organization of the Diversity and Access Collaborative, a national initiative spearheaded by the College Board's Advocacy & Policy Center. The Collaborative provides resources on diversity-related issues in higher education, including guidance on legal battles pertaining to diversity in college admission.

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  • Federal Nondiscrimination Law Regarding Diversity

    The "Federal Nondiscrimination Law Regarding Diversity: Implications for Higher Education Financial Aid and Scholarship Policies and Programs" resource offers guidance for enrollment leaders regarding strategies for designing and pursuing financial aid and scholarship policies involving the consideration of race, ethnicity, and sex that advance the institution’s diversity goals and are legally sustainable.

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  • Student Checklist: Ask the Admission Office

    One of the benefits of going to college is meeting students from different backgrounds. Diversity on a college campus can mean differences in race, religion, ethnicity, gender, geography, etc. Students can use this checklist to start thinking about the questions to ask a college's admission office.

    Download the PDF
  • Miseducation: Is There Racial Inequality At Your School?

    ProPublica has built an interactive database to examine racial disparities in educational opportunities and school discipline using civil rights data from the Department of Education. NACAC encourages college admission and counseling professionals to consider this resource in your work with students.

    View the Database
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education

    In November 2016, the Department of Education released this resource, which shares key data highlights focusing on race and ethnicity and promising practices.

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NACAC Inclusion, Access and Success Committee

The Inclusion, Access and Success Committee shall advance the association’s commitment to inclusion for underserved students and the educational professionals who guide them.