Gerry Canavan

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BREAKING: U.S. Higher Education Perpetuates Inequality

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The report’s assertion that African-American and Latino youth — especially those from low-income backgrounds — are underrepresented at the nation’s 468 most selective four-year colleges and overrepresented at the 3,250 open-access two- and four-year institutions will probably surprise few; that’s a circumstance of long standing.

But it surprised even the lead researcher, Anthony Carnevale, a grizzled expert on educational access and equity, to find that the situation steadily worsened from 1994 to 2009 — even, importantly, when comparing minority and white students with similar academic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Rather than function to reverse gaps generated by inequities in K-12 education and housing and health, Carnevale says, higher education is now serving as a “capstone” that exacerbates those other mechanisms.

Lots of attention to a new report out of Georgetown this morning.

Written by gerrycanavan

July 31, 2013 at 8:58 am

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