The Schools That Are Bringing Poor Kids Into the Middle Class
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
The evidence is clear: A college degree is, in most cases, the key to more money and a more comfortable standard of living. But that pathway to higher earnings is more available to some than others: Many elite colleges do not enroll a lot of low-income students, and as a result they're not boosting very many students from low-income households into the middle and upper classes.
But there are institutions that have strong track records of improving the socioeconomic fortunes of students. These institutions—from community colleges to public regional four-year colleges like Cal State and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County—are supporting students with resources when they get to campus, preparing them for jobs after college, and building relationships with businesses to ease the process of finding post-graduation employment.