“We support the Department of Education’s “Beyond the Box” initiative as we continue to work to create equitable access for students. UMBC is committed to inclusive excellence and we applaud the Administration’s efforts to make it easier for qualified students to pursue their education.” –Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 

“I am pleased to see that the Administration has taken a constructive and balanced approach to a complex and important issue—one that is too often oversimplified in public discourse. The report published today, Beyond the Box, provides thoughtful and actionable advice to campus officials regarding admissions practices for prospective students with previous encounters with the justice system. Education is universally viewed as a transformative experience that improves both the individual student and the community. Broader access to higher education for underserved groups benefits the entire nation and should be a priority and a common goal for all of us.

AASCU looks forward to working with the Administration and our members on the issues addressed by Beyond the Box.” –Muriel A. Howard, Ph.D. President American Association of State Colleges and Universities

“Beyond the Box’ proposes that, by expanding access to higher education, potential students who otherwise would eschew college instead can be empowered with the single greatest determinant of social mobility — a college education. At ASU we judge success not by whom we exclude, but by whom we include and how they succeed and we pride ourselves on enabling students to find individual paths to success. Our nation needs more universities to develop ways of helping more people achieve their dreams by opening new paths to obtaining a post-secondary education.”– President Michael M. Crow, Arizona State University