The Unseen Reason Working-Class Students Drop Out
Nicole Stephens and Sarah Townsend, Politico
It’s one of the most frustrating facts in education: Compared with peers from middle- and upper-class families, students who are low-income or the first in their families to attend college struggle to achieve once there.
What can policymakers and educators do to address social class gaps in college students' academic outcomes? Sometimes the answer is as simple as revising a university welcome message to give these students a sense of belonging on campus. Other solutions may include group learning; promoting a community of peers who can navigate college together; and connecting all students to the support of advisors or mentors.