Thursday, November 25, 2010

Black and Latino Students Still Locked Out of Elite Universities

A new report shows that blacks and Latinos might be gaining more access to higher education, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re gaining access to all tiers of the system. The study, led by Michael Bastedo, a professor at the University of Michigan, says that even though college-going rates for blacks and Latinos are on the rise, they’ve been accompanied by a parallel increase in admissions standards which have locked them out of the top colleges, and only further entrenched stratification in the higher education world.  What people already know is that a college education from a community college is not the same as one from an Ivy League university, let alone one that students get from a private college or a state school. And even though community colleges remain an important entry point for many into higher education, people who start at community colleges end up leaving before obtaining a diploma, and the most selective universities offer long-term benefits—access to networks and opportunities—that go far beyond the classroom.

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