Addressing Equity Through Transformational Leadership

State investments and higher education policies play a critical role in creating equity in both access and completion. These levers are driven by leadership, and to make a real difference we must have the right leadership. Increasing success for students of color requires a specific leadership style. This leadership style must be transformational. Transformational leadership […]

How is your campus handling mental health?

By Amanda McMahon and Jessica Bonilla College is often referred to as one of the best times in a young person’s life. However, college is often a challenging time, and it is important to consider the pressure facing students today. Course workload, accumulating debt, holding down a job or internship, and pursuing more advanced degrees can all […]

Employee Spotlight: A Q&A With HCM’s Yuri Velasquez

Yuri Velasquez is a Senior Associate and Engagement Counselor on HCM’s Health Innovation team, primarily working with the NIH’s All of Us Research Program. Yuri brings Over ten years of experience in public health. In this role, Yuri works with HCM’s Community & Provider Gateway Initiative Partners helping educate under-represented communities on the All of […]

A Focus on Equity: Reflecting Back to Move Forward

2019 was a busy and rewarding year for our team. Our dedicated staff has worked to help states, institutions and organizations address issues of equity in a national climate that has become so divided.  I am excited and optimistic about 2020 and the work ahead addressing equity, diversity and inclusion. Director of National Talent Dividend […]

Is Policy a Lever for Change When it Comes to Parents Knowing the Truth?

Parents deserve a clear and accurate picture of their child’s learning. While this sounds like common sense, it sadly is not the current reality. Learning Heroes, a non-profit organization that works to give parents an accurate picture of their children’s academic and developmental performance, has consistently found for the past five years that about 90% […]

The True Cost of a College Degree

As we near the close of another decade, 2019 will be remembered as the year when two separate college admissions scandals broke open. Sadly, the scandals remind us how far we still are from making a college education equitable and affordable for all students. Operation Varsity Blues brought down numerous people of wealth and privilege and […]

Equity Suffers in the College Admissions Game

By Linda Baglia and Jeff Stanley Last month, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced for her involvement in the wide-reaching college admissions scandal, known as “Operation Varsity Blues.” This national scandal brought down several other high-profile names, wealthy parents and top coaches at elite institutions such as Georgetown, Stanford, Yale and the University of Southern California. […]

Employee Spotlight: A Q&A With HCM Senior Associate Cristen Moore

Cristen Moore is a talented policy professional committed to opening the doors of higher education for all of America’s students. At HCM, she is a senior associate supporting the firm’s postsecondary education work on behalf of clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation’s Strategy Labs. Why did you join HCM? […]

Why Relationships Matter When Addressing Racial Equity

The previous blog in this series, “Reflecting on Racial Equity,” explains that without  true, open and honest dialogue about race, it will be impossible to ever bring about a state of racial equity in which educational attainment gaps are closed,  state attainment goals are met and poverty and other social ills are eradicated in underserved communities. […]

Reflecting on Racial Equity

Traveling across the country in support of states and organizations as they work to address racial equity, I often find myself reflecting on why it is such a difficult undertaking. Notably, the challenge I often face is helping people get to an agreed-upon definition of racial equity itself. Case in point – the Southern Rural […]

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