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Are colleges doing enough to recruit low-income students?

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Aug. 4, 2013 10:32 p.m.

    The divisiveness bug is spreading again.

    I thought grades were a deciding factor--not income.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 1, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    Why on earth would anyone PURPOSELY recruit low income students? Thats like purposely giving low income people subprime mortgages, telling the government to assume all the risk, and then letting bankers run wild. We should stop stupidly giving so much to people who don't have, because that's the incentive for improvement. And aren't the MAJORITY of students "poor?" Yup. I was when I went to school. And it was that $8/hr pathetic paycheck that partly motivated to get an education.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    July 31, 2013 10:07 p.m.

    Statistics show that among low income families, often including single parent homes, there is a real aversion to education, even free public school level education, with an astronomical drop out rate.

    Therefore, there is a disproportionately small number of low income students who have wither the interest of preparation to attend college. So, why is it a failure of the schools if their enrollment reflects accurately the proportions of the college age population which is interested and prepared?

    Equality of opportunity does not guarantee equality of outcomes. Individuals, and their parents, have a tremendous influence on the desire for higher education.

    Some groups (especially Asian Americans) really stress it and a disproportionately large number attend college. Others, notably African Americans, have the opposite attitude.

    Not everyone can, or should go to college, and demanding quotas to reflect some arbitrary racial, ethnic, or economic numbers is a disservice to everyone.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    July 31, 2013 7:34 p.m.

    Yes!!! In many cases it is better to be a minority or low-income student!