NACAC Announces Commission on Redesigning College Admission and Financial Aid Through a Racial Equity Lens

Shanda Ivory

NACAC Announces Commission on Redesigning College Admission and Financial Aid Through a Racial Equity Lens


Arlington, VA (March 3, 2021) – Inequality, access, and affordability are among the most pressing issues in higher education, limiting opportunity across American society. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) today announced a national panel of leaders and researchers from across higher education, policy, and civil rights to develop specific proposals for reimagining financial aid and college admission systems and ultimately eliminating racial inequity in postsecondary educational access.

The panel is the product of NACAC’s partnership with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and is made possible through funding from Lumina Foundation.

Priority areas the panel will examine include:

  • The college-entrance pipeline, from student recruitment and college advising through the application process and admission criteria.
  • Postsecondary financial aid requirements.
  • The role of racial equity in postsecondary enrollment.

“Our ultimate aim,” said NACAC Chief Education and Policy Officer David Hawkins, “is to go beyond theories of equity for postsecondary opportunity and make specific, actionable recommendations for policymakers that can produce changes at the institutional, state, and federal levels.”

The panel aims to complete its analyses and release three sets of recommendations this summer: a guide for colleges centered around racial/ethnic inclusion, a related guide for postsecondary institutional leaders, and recommendations for federal and state policymakers for an equity-based college transition.

The members of the panel are:

  • Kendra Allen, Associate Director of Financial Aid Special Programs, Northern Virginia Community College
  • Tanya Ang, Vice President, Veterans Education Success
  • Daniel Barkowitz, Assistant Vice President of Financial Aid and Veterans’ Affairs, Valencia College
  • Jose Bowen, Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Alexander Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Technolutions
  • Art Coleman, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, EducationCounsel
  • Shirley Collado, President, Ithaca College
  • Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, Vice Provost, Enrollment Management, University of California, Los Angeles
  • David Follick, Dean of Admission, Nassau Community College
  • Kristen Harris, Senior Director of College and Career Success, New York City Department of Education
  • Luisa Havens-Gerardo, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, Virginia Tech
  • Emily House, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
  • Janet Marling, Executive Director, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students
  • Stephanie McGencey, Executive Director, American Youth Policy Forum
  • Joseph Montgomery, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Tuskegee University
  • David Page, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Dillard University
  • Daniel Phelan, President, Jackson College
  • OiYan Poon, Associate Professor Affiliate of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Brian Sponsler, Vice President, Policy, Education Commission of the States
  • Michaele Turnage Young, Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Don Yu, Chief Operating Officer, Reach Higher at The Common Application


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 14,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. 

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 28,000 financial aid professionals at nearly 3,000 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. NASFAA member institutions serve nine out of every 10 undergraduates in the United States. Based in Washington, DC, NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. 

About Lumina
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. The foundation envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Lumina’s goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy. 

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