Rich Students Flock to Elite Colleges, Study Finds, but Graduating College Levels Playing Field

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Media Outlet: Inside Higher Ed

Amy Laitinen was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about college mobility rates:

“I think this makes a pretty compelling case that what happens on campuses matter,” said Amy Laitinen, director of higher education at New America. “It will challenge a lot of assumptions and a lot of stereotypes about which are ‘good’ colleges and which do best by their students.”


Laitinen said the data should be helpful for colleges whose mission is to serve their students and prepare them for the future.

“For colleges that would like to do better, they should ask what [the colleges with high mobility rates] are doing and see how they could do it better,” she said.

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Amy Laitinen is director for higher education with the Education Policy program at New America. She previously served as a policy advisor on higher education at both the U.S. Department of Education and the White House.