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Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States — 2017 Historical Trend Report

The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education (Pell Institute) at the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (PennAHEAD) are pleased to announce the publication of the Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States — 2017 Historical Trend Report. We are also pleased to welcome you to the new Equity Indicators Website  (

This Equity Indicators Website provides access to data files used to produce each of the figures included in the 2017 Indicators Report. The website also provides links to earlier reports and access to the Shared Solutions Essays that accompany the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Reports. The new website allows policymakers, educators and the public to explore data on equality and opportunity in U.S. higher education. It is our hope that the website will also provide a forum for dialogue and co-learning of the ways in which we can together foster greater inclusiveness and equity of educational opportunity within higher education the United States.

This 2017 Indicators Report and the earlier reports compile statistical data since the 1970s from the nationally representative government statistics including the Census Bureau household studies and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)-sponsored high school and college longitudinal studies which track college entrance and completion by family income, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity.

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