Selective Colleges Taken to Task
Matthew Dembicki, Community College Daily
Today's higher education system is divided into two unequal tracks stratified by race and funding, says a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Whites are disproportionately represented at selective public colleges, according to the report. They make up 64 percent of freshman enrollment even though they are only 54 percent of the college-age population. Meanwhile, Blacks are 15 percent of the college-age population, but only 7 percent of freshmen at selective public colleges. Latinos are 21 percent of the college-age population, but only 12 percent of freshmen at selective public colleges.
The gap in funding for instructional and academic support between selective and open-access public colleges also is growing, which makes the system even more separate and unequal.