Public Colleges Backslide on Access, Report Says

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Media Outlet: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Findings from the report Moving on Up? were covered in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

There’s been a lot of talk lately about higher education’s importance as an engine of equality — and how it sometimes serves as an engine of inequality, due to imbalances in access and success for students from lower-income backgrounds.

The latter argument gathers more force through a new report that finds nearly two-thirds of selective public colleges and universities enroll fewer lower-income students than they did two decades ago. The report also finds that many of the same institutions are enrolling more students from the top income brackets.

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