Fact Sheet | February 6, 2024

REM Minority Serving Institutions Briefs: Technical Documentation

Current assessments of college value are incomplete and can even be misleading when they do not account for the unique economic conditions of students of color before, during, and after they leave college. Broader issues like structural racism cascade into inequities in college affordability but are often left out of national ranking systems and discussions on college value. TICAS’s Race and Economic Mobility (REM) metric offers a better gauge of potential economic outcomes to support its ongoing advocacy for equitable investments in both students of color and colleges serving the largest shares of racially marginalized students. 

This document outlines the research methodology for our three-part series on REM at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).