Are Colleges Engines of Inequality?

December 19, 2016

Higher education is supposed to promote opportunity and social mobility. But does it fulfill that role? In many low-income communities, college seems out of reach, and in recent decades, the share of bachelor’s degrees awarded to the poorest students has declined. A degree is increasingly regarded as the ticket to economic security in this country, but there are profound imbalances in who gets one. The eight articles in this collection examine how higher education perpetuates disadvantage, and what might change that.

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