Advancing Creative Solutions to Assure Fairness and Excellence in Education

Mission and Vision

Promoting Early Learning Opportunities

Goal: Increase access to high-quality early
learning opportunities for all students.

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Advancing Public Education

Goal: Build a constituency for high-quality public schools in the South.

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Improving College Access and Completion

Goal: Identify, test, and advance policies and practices that increase student success in higher education.

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  • Mission and Vision
  • Promoting Early Learning Opportunities
  • Advancing Public Education
  • Improving College Access and Completion

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SEF is hiring!

SEF is hiring!

SEF is looking to hire a Postdoctoral Research and Policy Analyst. Learn more today!
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Urban Institute and SEF partner in showing concentration of low income and minority students in public schools

New maps produced in partnership with the Urban Institute provide a closer look at income and race concentrations in public schools.
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A Historical Mission in the Accountability Era: A Public HBCU and State Performance Funding

Read Tiffany Jones' article discussing the impact of state performance funding on historically Black college and universities.
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Building Your Assessment Toolkit

Building Your Assessment Toolkit

Check out this 2015 follow up report addressing how institutions can gather credible evidence of what students know and can do as a result of their college education.
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Between College Access and Outcomes

SEF's Tiffany Jones discusses how Outcomes Based Funding could impact Minority Serving Institutions.
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Voucher & Tax Credit Scholarships Video

The future of public education in the United States is at a critical crossroads. Watch this video to learn how the growing trend of sending public money to private schools through vouchers and tax credit scholarships threatens public education.
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Voting Rights Act 50 years Later

Senior Fellow Steve Suitts looks at the benefits of the Votings Rights Act for blacks and whites and asks if the South has the capacity to initiate change for all people to benefit.
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HBCU Digest covers Navigating the New Normal brief Brief

HBCU Digest covers the Southern Education Foundation report, Navigating the New Normal focused on helping trustees of MSIs prepare for the new financial norm of colleges.
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Navigating the New Normal Toolkit

Check out SEF's newest toolkit focused on maintaining the financial health of Minority-Serving Institutions.
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Black Lives Matter Report

Black Lives Matter Report

Schott releases 50 state report on public education and black males.
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Tomeka Hart to join SEF!

Tomeka Hart to join SEF as the Vice President of Programs.
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A New Majority Research Bulletin

Low income student are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation's public schools.
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Washington Post Covers New Majority Report

Washington Post Covers New Majority Report

Washington Post covers the 2015 New Majority research bulletin and how for the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of US public school students are low income.
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Leadership Announcement

2015 SELI Application

Learn more about the 2015 SELI Application today!
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Just Learning Animated Video!

Check out our new animated video for the 2014 report, Just Learning: The Imperative to Transform Juvenile Justice Systems into Effective Educational Systems.
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Latino College Completion

Latino College Completion

Excelencia in Education reports on how 5.5 million more Latinos will need to earn college degrees for the US to regain the top ranking in the world for college degree attainment.
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SEF in the News

New York Times' Nation's Wealthy Places Pour Private Money Into Public Schools cites New Majority.
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Charter Accountability

Annenberg Institute provides standards and policy recommendations for effective charter school oversight.
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Congratulations Rachel!

Congratulations Rachel!

Rachel Harmon, 2014 SELI Fellow awarded Rhodes Scholarship.
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Vulnerable Learners Win with the Common Core: Opinion Editorial from Kent McGuire

Vulnerable Learners

Read Kent McGuire's opinion editorial for the Alliance for Excellent Education's Core of the Matter series.
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Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges

Tough Love

Check out The Education Trust's report examining quality standards for colleges.
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Juvenile Justice

SEF applauds new federal guidance to improve education for incarcerated youth.
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Common Core Facts

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families releases three short briefs aimed at helping low income families understand the new Standards.
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Navigating the New Normal

Navigating the New Normal

SEF reports on financial imperatives for MSI's in avoiding financial exigency.
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Why the South?

Maps of Demographic and Educational Trends in the South and Nation
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SEF Blog

Desegregating Maryland’s HBCUs: An Update and Critique

On October 7, 2013 a U.S. District Court judge, Catherine C. Blake, ruled that the State of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission failed to desegregate the State’s system of higher education as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. As we watch this case unfold, and await the results of mediation that were due on May 30th, we are reminded of the critical nature of this case for the survival of not only Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Maryland, but throughout the country. Read More