Higher education system may perpetuate class divisions
Jim Cole, AP
Just 29 percent of the poorest students enroll in college, and only 9 percent ever graduate, according to a recent article in The Atlantic. Conversely, 80 percent of the wealthiest students enroll in college, and 54 percent finish.
It is often said that education is the best decision a person can make financially. But with the drastically different percentages of students who enroll and finish college shown above, the data shows that the U.S. higher education system may actually do more to perpetuate class divisions than bridge them. Students from higher-income families graduate college at a much higher percentage than students that come from lower-income families.
This trend may be the result of poor preparation of some students, but finances play a big role. The Atlantic concludes that “for Americans of a certain class, college is a basic rite of passage. For many more, it's a roll of the dice.”
- Mike Lee: Change is coming to Washington
- Letter: Patriots or sheep?
- Greg Bell: Socialism vs. the safety net
- Carmen Rasmusen Herbert: New Christmas...
- John Florez: Utah's prison relocation is like...
- Charles Krauthammer: Battle must be fought...
- David Blankenhorn: Berlin boasts a wise use...
- Letter: Police not the problem
- Letter: Patriots or sheep? 61
- Mike Lee: Change is coming to Washington 44
- Greg Bell: Socialism vs. the safety net 41
- Susan Roylance: Definition of the... 35
- My view: Chaffetz named... 34
- Jay Evensen: Cuba not likely to change... 34
- Letter: Patriots or serfs? 33
- My view: Torture, morality and the laws... 30