As America Becomes More Diverse: The Impact of State Higher Education Inequality

Title: As America Becomes More Diverse: The Impact of State Higher Education Inequality
Author: Kelly, Patrick J.
Date: 2005
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Description: In America, values of social justice and equal opportunity should be sufficient reason to drive us toward equality in higher education. But there also are economic reasons to address this issue. This report focuses largely on the latter and clearly exposes our failures and the pressing need to improve. With few exceptions, it is now critical for individuals to attain some level of education beyond high school in order to experience a middle-class lifestyle and for the states in which they live to compete in the global economy. Increased educational attainment results in higher personal income, a better-skilled and more adaptable workforce, fewer demands on social services, higher levels of community involvement, and better decisions regarding healthcare and personal finance (National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2004). At a time when higher education is increasingly important, some visible race/ethnic groups are consistently in the “have not” category of our society.

With support from the Lumina Foundation.