PACE Event

Making Policy Matter

Why Have Accountability and Assessment Policies Failed to Close the Equity Gaps in Higher Education?

Although policy makers have been talking about and drafting policies to address inequities in student higher education experiences and outcomes for decades, problems of racial-ethnic inequities have proven to be intractable under current accountability and assessment policies.

In this seminar Estela Mara Bensimon and Alicia C. Dowd, co-directors of the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, discuss research findings from college sites in California and Wisconsin that are using their multi-disciplined approach and tools to help policymakers, leaders, and practitioners make sense of accountability data from the perspective of equity for racial and ethnic minority students.


  • Estela Mara Bensimon, Director and Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California
  • Alicia C. Dowd, Senior Research Associate, University of Southern California

Moderated by David N. Plank, Executive Director, PACE