2013 AACRAO
Stratetic Enrollment Management Conference


Art Coleman

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, EducationCounsel, LLC

Wednesday Panel Discussion Presenter
Wednesday, November 13– 7:45a.m. – 9:00a.m.

Art Coleman is a managing partner and co-founder of EducationCounsel LLC, an affiliate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. With a background in providing legal, policy, strategic planning, and advocacy services to educators, Coleman addresses issues of access, accountability and completion in elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education.

Mr. Coleman’s work centers on:

  • The development of college and career-ready policy development, with a focus on issues of accountability and assessments; accreditation and systems improvement;  and access for students with disabilities and English language learners
  • The development of higher education access and diversity policies, including a focus on enrollment-related and employment policies designed to enhance access and the educational benefits of diversity
  • The development of fully inclusive school and university safety and conduct policies, with a focus on student bullying and harassment policies, as well as on issues relevant to legally protected expression and speech
  • The design of strategies and the implementation of plans to support non-profit organizations that seek to align their educationally focused goals with policy, demographic, and related trends and developments
  • Providing legal advice and institutional guidance regarding federal non-discrimination laws, including those that provide protections against race, ethnicity, sex, disability and language-based discrimination.

Meeting the Diversity Goals of Your Institution: Navigating the Supreme Court Guidance on Race and Ethnicity in Admissions Post-Fisher

The Supreme Court decision in Fisher v. the University of Texas-Austin raised as many questions as answers for enrollment officers seeking to meet the diversity goals for their institutions. With the return of the case to the 5th Circuit Court, it may be some time before the case is resolved, leaving institutions to determine how they should develop an admissions process that meets the guidance of the Court. A panel of experts will attempt to untangle the complexities of the Fisher decision, assess the potential impacts on admissions and enrollment professionals, and offer strategies that can help your institution achieve its diversity goals. We’ll examine what approaches are available, with a particular emphasis on holistic admissions, and what should be considered when crafting your admissions and recruitment processes.