Administrative barriers disproportionately impact historically underserved students who are often more susceptible to academic disruptions such as fee assessments, registration holds and cumbersome processes. Bureaucratic procedures in higher education can often have a compounding effect—typically adding to, rather than reducing, administrative processes. The result is often unintended administrative tripwires or barriers experienced by students.
Eliminating these barriers has been identified as a key priority which can significantly and positively enhance students' ability to graduate in a timely manner. It should be noted that the idea of revising drop for non-payment policies, for example, is not to ask campuses to forgo revenue or for complete forgiveness of outstanding balances. Instead, it is to assess how existing policies may have disparate impacts or derail academic progress in unintentional ways.