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Graduate School of Education


Equity in higher education governance

Assistant Professor Raquel M. Rall aims to push research on higher education governance from the periphery to the core to better understand the decisions and decision-makers who are tasked with control of higher education. Rall’s work centers on identifying best practices to increase access to and success in higher education for traditionally marginalized communities, and on bridging research and practice. She and her research team, the Critical Higher Education Governance Collaborative, CHECG, strive to highlight the necessary role of boards of higher education in advancing the equity agenda at colleges and universities. Since receiving a 2018 grant from the Spencer Foundation, the collaborative’s output has spanned book chapters, journal articles, conference presentations, and workshop facilitation.

Rall and her team's transformative work is featured in the latest cover story of The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB)'s Trusteeship issue.

In the piece, Rall says, “Governance in higher education is really important and yet we don’t have a lot of knowledge on how leaders at those highest levels can do better when it comes to equity. We have to start this conversation—even though it can be a scary thing to talk about—or we’re never going to get anywhere."

Read the feature story, "Embracing Equity" here.