Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge

Thrilled to see President Obama establish the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge. Based on a press release from the White House, the purpose of this pledge is to, “demonstrate an ongoing commitment to take action to reduce barriers to a fair shot at a second chance, especially though an educational opportunity, including adopting fair chance admissions practices like going “Beyond the Box” by determining whether criminal justice-related questions are necessary to make an informed admission decision, and if so, whether these questions should be moved to a later part of the application process (e.g., after schools make an initial admission decision or after students meet the academic criteria) or whether the initial review of the application can be conducted without knowledge of the answers to the criminal-justice related questions.”

The 22 institutions of higher education who have signed the pledge are:

  1. Ancilla College
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Auburn University
  4. Boston University
  5. City University of New York (CUNY)
  6. College of Saint Benedict
  7. Columbia University
  8. Eastern University
  9. Howard University
  10. New York University
  11. North Park University
  12. Nyack College
  13. Raritan Valley Community College
  14. Rutgers University
  15. Saint John’s University
  16. San Francisco State University
  17. State University of New York (SUNY)
  18. Union Theological Seminary
  19. University of California (UC System)
  20. University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  21. University of Puget Sound
  22. University of Washington

I am thrilled to see my alma mater, New York University, on this list and strongly encourage all those who are reading this to bring this to the attention of your Director of Admissions or Vice President of Enrollment Management. More information about this pledge is available HERE.


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