Centralized DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) Education Research Platform

Last Updated: 03/12/2024

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In November 2021, the National Student Clearinghouse launched a new research-focused diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) online initiative. With support from the Cognizant Foundation, the initiative works to build a long-term, collaborative environment in which the Clearinghouse’s data and ongoing education partners’ social equity research and intervention work can be used to more effectively democratize access to education.

The digital, interactive platform is driven by data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, whose data comes from a nationwide network of more than 3,600 postsecondary institutions and their more than 7,500 reporting branches. This convening hub allows the education and workforce communities, and other third parties, to access Clearinghouse research and specific projects and initiatives focused on influencing positive societal change within all areas of the nation’s learning ecosystem.

To close persistent gaps in enrollment, retention, and degree attainment, sharing information amongst the research, workforce and education communities is imperative to create a more equitable education environment.

The first phase of the initiative focused on platform design and development, and establishing an advisory board. The platform established a network of practitioners to share best practices and create an environment that benefits all learners.


National Student Clearinghouse, Cognizant Foundation


National Student Clearinghouse Announces Initiative to Create Centralized DEI Education Research Platform - National Student Clearinghouse

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