Views on Race Impact Who Can Attend College

May 2nd, 2011

From Gay Cliburn: Carnegie Foundation

VIEWS OF WHO CAN ATTEND COLLEGE ARE DEEPLY DIVIDED BY RACE
Race appears to play a central role in shaping Americans’ views on higher-education access, and many see minority students as advantaged and middle-class students as disadvantaged when it comes to opportunity to attend college, according to study results scheduled to be presented next week at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. “What we see from our data is that there are several different groups of Americans who have very different views about who is able to attend college and who is not,” said Brian Powell a professor of sociology at Indiana University at Bloomington who is one of the coauthors of a paper on the study’s findings. The article is in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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  1. I am interested to read this article about race and college attendance. Its interesting that people see minority students as being advantaged to attend college over middle class students when middle class students may have more of the resources they need to be prepared for college. Also I would like to see if they distinguish between minority students as a whole or disadvantaged minority students.

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