STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT MURIEL A. HOWARD, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF STATE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES, ON THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S BEYOND THE BOX

I am pleased to see that the Administration has taken a constructive and balanced approach to a complex and important issue—one that is too often oversimplified in public discourse. 

The report published today, Beyond the Box, provides thoughtful and actionable advice to campus officials regarding admissions practices for prospective students with previous encounters with the justice system.

Education is universally viewed as a transformative experience that improves both the individual student and the community. Broader access to higher education for underserved groups benefits the entire nation and should be a priority and a common goal for all of us.  

AASCU looks forward to working with the Administration and our members on the issues addressed by Beyond the Box.

Download Beyond the Box Report in pdf format

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The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.