Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Universities Becoming Less Accessible

There is a new report from The Education Trust: Engines of Inequality: Diminishing Equity in the Nation's Premier Public Universities (click to download the full report).

Included in the report is damning evidence of practices which betray the heart of how I and Richard Florida (as seen in my earlier post) view the mission of higher education.

As Kati Haycock, director of The Education Trust, noted in a conversation with The Chronicle of Higher Education:

"In an attempt to purchase more and more prestige, universities are ... turning their backs" on low-income and minority students...

For example, she noted, from 1995 to 2003, public flagships and other research-extensive universities increased institutional grant aid per student more for those from families in upper-income brackets than for those in lower-income brackets. Over that period, such aid rose by 29 percent for students from families making less than $20,000 a year, but grew by more than 186 percent for students with family incomes of $100,000 or more.

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