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The stubborn race and class gaps in college quality


Jonathan Rothwell of the Brookings Institution authored a report titled, "The stubborn race and class gaps in college quality." In the report, Rothwell shows that: 

  • Parental background (income and education) is becoming less important as a predictor of college attendance;
  • But race gaps in attendance and completion are holding steady or even increasing;
  • Black, Hispanic, and first-generation students attend lower quality colleges on a number of indicators; and
  • Gaps in college quality have not decreased in recent years, with black and first-generation students seeing little improvement in terms of quality

Read the full report here