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Week of January 23, 2023

  • This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are in session for legislative business. However, neither chamber is expected to consider higher education finance-related legislation.
  • On Monday at 1:30 p.m., the Brookings Institution hosts an event titled, “Understanding and Addressing Gender, Class, and Racial Disparities in College Enrollment.” According to the invite, enrolling in and completing college is the most reliable pathway to economic mobility in the United States, but access to postsecondary opportunities is not equal for youth from all family backgrounds. New research by the Center on Children and Families examines how college enrollment rates vary depending on gender, socioeconomic status, and race or ethnicity and the role that differences in academic preparation through high school play in explaining differences across groups. What does research say about the barriers facing students growing up in socioeconomically disadvantaged families or from historically excluded racial and ethnic backgrounds? Why have boys been falling behind in college enrollment? What can be done to address unequal access to college? What additional research is needed? Brookings will hold an event addressing these questions. The event will open with a presentation of findings from a new report on understanding the role of academic preparation in disparities in college enrollment by socioeconomic status, gender, and race, followed by a panel of experts who will discuss the findings of the report and future directions for both researchers and policymakers. Participants include: Katherine Meyer, Fellow, Governance Studies, Brown Center on Education Policy, Brookings Institution; Sarah Reber, Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution; Dr. Beth Akers, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Lindsay Page, Associate Professor, Brown University; Sade Bonilla, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania; and Richard Reeves, John C. and Nancy D. Whitehead Chair and Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution. The event will be livestreamed on the Brookings website.
  • On Friday starting at 11:30 a.m., the U.S. Department of Education holds a virtual meeting of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The agenda includes an update from the Board Chair; an update from the Office of the Under Secretary; remarks from the Senior Advisor to the President for Public Engagement; and a status report from each of the Board’s subcommittees (Preservation and Growth, Infrastructure, and Finance and Career and Research. To watch the meeting, click here.
  • There are no further public events on higher education finance-related issues scheduled for this week.