An alliance of college and university leaders across the country has formed the Coalition for Life-Transformative Education. Our goal is simple: to ensure all students leave not only with a diploma but also with experiences and inspiration that support their well-being and keep them engaged in their work for years to come.

During his sixty-year career as a civil rights leader—in which he participated in sit-ins and marches; helped to lead the 1961 Freedom Rides; and collaborated closely with Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson, and other major figures—C. T. Vivian became known as the “finest preacher who ever lived” because of his eloquent vocabulary, ferocious reading, and passionate pursuit of knowledge. This fall, faculty at colleges and universities across the country are teaching a creative and inspirational course based on C. T. Vivian’s teachings.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), originally established to serve the needs of Black Americans, have evolved into vibrant and vital institutions committed to providing a high-quality education for all students. In order to help institutions improve access and decrease the cost of education, the HBCU Affordable Learning $olutions project combines no- and low-cost educational resources, professional development opportunities, and online tools to facilitate collaboration and empower leadership.

In 2020, New America and the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association partnered on a research project to understand the effects of several pivotal moments—the pandemic, the economic crisis, the election, and a racial reckoning—on America’s colleges and universities. This article details several key federal policy priorities related to funding and affordability, the digital divide, and accountability that can move colleges from crisis to recovery.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation's reckoning with racial injustice have heightened the importance of a postsecondary system that better serves Black, Latinx, and Indigenous students, and students from low-income backgrounds. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success strategy is driven by the belief that educational opportunity should not depend on race or income.

Updating, revising, and re-envisioning a core curriculum is a complex—but critical—task for colleges and universities. Different stakeholders often have different goals. Balancing these perspectives can be a challenge, but the key to success is a transparent process of shared governance among administrators, faculty, and students.