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The divide between financial returns at liberal-arts colleges represents “the usual American issue,” Dr. Carnevale says: disparities based on race and class. Read more: @chronicle

A student with an average SAT score would have an 80% chance of graduating from a top university but has almost no chance of getting in—which perpetuates a system of White privilege. Should we really be giving test scores as much clout as we do? Read more:

Students’ chances of attaining a postsecondary degree vary by race and ethnicity. Whites and Asians are more likely than Blacks and Latinos with similar test scores to earn a #college degree by their mid-20s. See more: #CEWequity

To help level the playing field for disadvantaged students, we need to improve and expand high school #counseling to ensure students can make informed decisions after graduation. Learn more: #CEWequity

Children from affluent families have better chances of academic and early career success than disadvantaged students. Watch:

If education were the lever we need it to be, students with similar scores across class and race and ethnicity would have similar outcomes. Learn more:

Almost all children from affluent families have at least 1 parent with some postsecondary #education, while less than 1/3 of children from less affluent families do. Learn more: #CEWequity

While 54% of middle-skill workers in Pennsylvania are still working blue collar jobs, the uptick in skilled-service jobs is changing the state’s economy. Read more:

A $2T investment in infrastructure spending could create up to 12M jobs, but spending $1T could create up to 11M jobs—nearly as many, for half the cost. Learn more:

Disadvantaged students with top-half scores have a lower chance of completing #college than advantaged students with bottom-half scores. Read more:

Universities That Boost the Poorest Students to Wealth are Becoming Harder to Afford

In this Hechinger Report article, Matt Krupnick discusses increasing socioeconomic stratification in higher education. Krupnick cites CEW report “Born to Win, Schooled to Lose” and quotes CEW Research Director Jeff Strohl on how systems of wealth and poverty perpetuate themselves.


As Enrollment Declines Loom, One Liberal Arts College is Banking on Free Tuition

In this Education Dive article, Natalie Schwartz discusses how Georgetown College in Kentucky plans to offer full-time students living on campus free tuition. Schwartz cites CEW report “A First Try at ROI.”


The only thing more expensive than going to college is not going to college.

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor