Are colleges solving for economic inequality or reinforcing it?

Are colleges solving for economic inequality or reinforcing it?

Reported by EdSurge, the new book “The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us” by Paul Tough, tells a troubling story about the lack of social mobility college affords those who need it most.

Some of its findings? That the highest ranked colleges have very few low-income students and students of color. And that institutions who follow their mission toward admitting more high-achieving poor students are often penalized by rankings giants like U.S. News and World Report. That rather than colleges and universities being the answer to social mobility issues, we instead are reinforcing the two-class nature of our country.

The takeaway? The revenue pressure of enrollment growth has the power to lead us away from our missional origins of access and achievement. So how can we fight for sustainable business models that still serve those who need us most?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.