New Hunt Institute Attainment for All Issue Brief: Advancing Equity Through Disaggregated Data

June 1, 2022

New Hunt Institute Issue Brief: 

Advancing Equity Through the Use of Disaggregated Data 


For Immediate Release: June 1, 2022

Media Contact: Michele Jordan


Cary, N.C. – The Hunt Institute has released the third and final brief of the three-part Attainment for All: Equity in Postsecondary Pathways series. This brief brings the discussion on equity full circle by examining the use of disaggregated data to narrow equity gaps in postsecondary education. 

Disaggregated student data allows institutions to see where specific inequalities exist more clearly, the magnitude of those inequalities, and a baseline against which to measure any initiatives.  

As a result, institutions can plan appropriate interventions, see trends in outcomes and achievement, and direct limited financial resources to where they are most needed. 

“When developing strategies for postsecondary attainment, addressing the barriers that currently exist to the collection and analysis of student data is crucial to ensuring equitable access for all students.” said The Hunt Institute’s President & CEO Dr. Javaid Siddiqi. “I look forward to seeing policymakers and institution leaders recognize the importance of disaggregated data to inform state policy and institutional decisions.” 

This three-part series builds upon the momentum of a first series of policy briefs released from Fall 2019 through Spring 2020, Attainment for All: Postsecondary Pathways. The overarching goal of each of these briefs was to highlight best practices and innovative solutions in areas that require additional attention to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment.  

The first brief explored the idea of embedding equity in postsecondary attainment, identified barriers to achieving equity, and included examples of states’ work to ensure equity in all aspects of postsecondary attainment. The second brief examined the importance of wraparound services that provide equitable support to students. 

With the information in these briefs, the next generation of state attainment goals can be more attuned to the specific racial equity gaps that exist, as well as the specific degrees and credentials that are needed for a state’s economy. 


About The Hunt Institute: 

An affiliate of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, the Hunt Institute is a recognized leader in the movement to transform public education. Marshaling expertise from a nationwide partner network since it was established in 2001, The Institute brings together people and resources that help build and nurture visionary leadership and mobilize strategic action for greater educational outcomes and student success. For more information, please visit:  


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