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College for All or College for Some?: Access, Equity, and Social Mobility

Monday, May 20, 2019
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

The Raymond Wean Foundation, Western Reserve Room
147 W. Market Street Warren, Ohio 44481

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Higher education is an important driver of social mobility—especially for first-generation and underrepresented populations. The Economic Mobility Project, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trust, finds that 90 percent of low-income students who earn a college degree will achieve upward mobility, while 47 percent of low-income kids without college will see little to no mobility. Understanding this, well-intentioned philanthropies, policy makers, and legislators have sought to close this opportunity gap by providing more access to college and financing more of the cost for low-income students. Yet, as The Brookings Institute finds, “The flaw in this simple argument is that the primary ... more

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