Equity Gap Widens

Economic and racial stratification is increasing in American higher education, with growing concentrations of needy students at community colleges.

Meanwhile, government funding skews toward universities with more advantaged students, due in part to research support and tax breaks.

Those are the findings of a new report from a panel convened by the Century Foundation. The paper, dubbed “Bridging the Higher Education Divide,” includes policy recommendations to address growing inequity in the academy.

“Two-year colleges are asked to educate those students with the greatest needs, using the least funds, and in increasingly separate and unequal institutions,” the report said. “Our higher education system, like the larger society, is growing more and more unequal.”

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