Higher Education for Social Justice
The goal of this work is to foster policy and institutional reforms that improve disadvantaged people's access to and success in high-quality higher education.
In this video, Ford Foundation Fellows reflect on what their fellowships have meant for them as individuals and for the academic community as a whole.
Despite some progress worldwide over the past few decades in making higher education more accessible, disparities persist in student access to and graduation from two- and four-year colleges and universities. These disparities limit the workforce opportunities, democratic participation and life chances of students from poor, marginalized backgrounds.
What We're Doing
Our work seeks to generate policy and institutional reforms that improve standards of teaching and learning and that remove the barriers to successful participation in higher education.
In the United States our work focuses on:
- Establishing stronger links between two- and four-year colleges
- Creating robust tuition and financial aid policies geared to the needs of marginalized and low-income students
- Scaling up effective academic support programs.
Similarly, our work in other parts of the world focuses on students from excluded backgrounds and supports reforms that:
- Make higher education institutions more accessible to students
- Provide financial and academic support that aid in their completion of degrees
Learn more about how our strategies and approaches shape our grant making.
What We're Following
- Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education NYU's Robert Teranishi examines the experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. higher education system
From the Library
- Facing the Future: A Fresh Look at Challenges and Opportunities The working paper by Phillip L. Clay, Ford Foundation senior fellow, examines the status of historically black colleges and universities and the changes and challenges they are facing amid the shifting landscape for higher education. 579 KB
- Weaving Success: Voices of Change in African Higher Education This book focuses on nine countries whose universities participated in the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa program and showcases the transformative changes that happened over the past decade at each university—from using new technologies to improving outcomes for students. 10 MB
From the Newsroom
The Bard Prison Initiative: Bringing Hope to a Broken System
The organization's founder talks to us about the power of education
Ten Leading Foundations Join Forces to Expand Opportunity for Young Men of Color
Foundations will work with government, business and community leaders on the My Brother’'s Keeper initiative
Striving for Justice: The Power of Public Interest Law
A symposium bringing together the inaugural group of Ford's Public Interest Law Fellows
Strengthening Community Colleges
A report from the Century Foundation outlines how two-year college are falling behind, and why they are so important