All Access – News for Members
The Academic Assembly Council (AAC) met in New York City, May 2–3, 2014. The Academic Assembly is charged with considering issues and actions related to providing universal access to high standards of learning. Council Chair and Chair-elect Pam Paulson and Michael McDonough discuss key focus areas and takeaways from the meeting.
Two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and Schuette v. BAMN, are affecting race-conscious admission and enrollment practices of higher education institutions. Although the Supreme Court preserved 35 years of precedent upholding the educational benefits of diversity on college campuses, the cases continue a trend of incrementally more rigorous review and growing skepticism of the need for consideration of race and ethnicity in policymaking.
In October 2012, College Board Trustee and Elizabeth City State University (ESCU) Chancellor Willie Gilchrist reviewed Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) participation and performance maps for North Carolina. He became concerned about the lack of AP depth and success he saw in the northeastern region of the state. In partnership with the College Board, Gilchrist led a comprehensive effort to expand access to AP in his region through the creation of targeted resources, professional development, and in-person convenings.