Indicators of higher education equity in the United States

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Author: Cahalan, Margaret; Perna, Laura


As illustrated by the indicators in this report, higher education outcomes are highly inequitable across family income groups. Moreover, on many of these indicators, gaps in outcomes are larger now than in the past. The disinvestment of state funds for public colleges and universities occurring since the 1980s and the declining value of federal student grant aid have all aided in the creation of a higher education system that is stained with inequality. Once known for wide accessibility to and excellence within its higher education system, the US now has an educational system that serves...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Equity; Performance; Outcomes; Income; Students; Disadvantaged; Policy; Participation; Providers of education and training; Teaching and learning; Finance

Keywords: Performance indicator; Socioeconomic background; Low income group; Enrolment; Postsecondary education; Barrier; Financial aid; Financial aspects; Access to education and training; Attainment

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: [Washington, District of Columbia]: Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, 2015

Physical description: 56 p.

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Also called: Indicators of higher education equity in the United States: 45 year trend report 2015

'Indicators of higher education equity in the United States: 2016 historical trend report' is indexed in VOCEDplus at TD/TNC 124.657.

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 119.229

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