National Forum Releases Report “Reconciling Federal, State and Institutional Policies Determining Access for Undocumented Students”

The National Forum has released a comprehensive report funded by the Texas Guarantee Loan Corporation (TG) examining institutional behavior related to state and federal policies regarding undocumented students.

“We created a survey examining institutional behaviors regarding undocumented students.  Our partners at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) distributed the surveys to their constituents,” says Omar Hussain, research assistant.   “We learned whether or not the institution admits or provides financial aid to undocumented students, and whether or not the administrators know if their institutions have policies in place.  The report provides statistics on our findings and background information on the issue.”

In addition to providing data about institutional policies regarding undocumented students, the report also examines socio-political factors involved with policy-making.   Given the breadth and depth of the report, the National Forum is now seeking to put it in the hands of as many individuals as possible.

“Typically research findings are distributed to a body of scholars, but we want these findings to also be accessible to administrators, admissions counselors, financial aid administrators, and communications professionals within institutions who are in a position to change policies for undocumented students,” says Hussain.  “The wider the net we cast, the better.”

Dr. John Burkhardt was the primary investigator.  Numerous National Forum researchers contributed to the data collection, analysis, writing and dissemination of the report, including Noe Ortega, Chris Nellum, Angela Vidal-Rodriguez, Kimberly Reyes, Omar Hussain, Joanna Frye, and Joanna Hernandez.  The full TG Report can be requested here.   In coming months, quick reference sheets, which are one-page PDFs providing salient information in an accessible and digestible format, will also be available on the website.

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