US higher ed has become an “engine of inequality”

January 20, 2016

As a university degree increasingly becomes the ticket to economic security in the US, the gap between those who do and do not get to enjoy this advantage is growing wider, writes the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article kicks off a series of upcoming pieces devoted to investigating if and how PSE can be made to remedy inequality instead of making it worse. It notes that between 1970 and 2014, the share of bachelor’s degrees awarded to students from the lowest income quartile decreased from 12% to 10%. The problem has become so dire in some cases that the article asks whether it can be fixed at all. But in the words of one commentator, the long-term consequences of doing nothing in this regard “are too awful to contemplate." Chronicle of Higher Education (Subscription Required)