Don’t Be Fooled: Top Public Universities Are Turning Their Backs on Poor Students

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Media Outlet: The Washington Post

Stephen Burd wrote for the Washington Post about the findings from Moving on Up?:

A recent column that ran in The Washington Post’s Grade Point blog raised questions about an analysis I conducted that found that nearly two-thirds of selective public universities have reduced the share of students they enroll from families in the bottom 40 percent of the income scale since the late 1990s. Scholars at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, conducted their own analysis of the data I used and found that, in the aggregate, there has been only a small decline in the enrollment of low-income students at these institutions during that time.


Stephen Burd is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America.