America’s selective public colleges should be among the great equalizers in today’s society. Funded primarily by taxpayers and carrying a relatively low price tag, these institutions are meant to be engines of opportunity for all. In reality, however, the doors of these colleges are open wider to White students than to their Black and Latino peers, says this report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

According to the study, admission practices and inequality in state education funding are creating “two separate and unequal tracks” to public colleges and universities.