Separate and unequal: how higher education reinforces the intergenerational reproduction of white racial privilege


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Author: Carnevale, Anthony P.; Strohl, Jeff


This report analyses enrollment trends at 4,400 postsecondary institutions by race and institutional selectivity over the past 15 years. Since 1995, 82 per cent of new white enrollments have gone to the 468 most selective colleges, while 72 per cent of new Hispanic enrollment and 68 per cent of new African-American enrollment have gone to the two-year open-access schools. These separate higher education pathways matter because resources matter. The selective colleges spend anywhere from two to almost five times as much on instruction per student as the open-access colleges. Even among...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Participation; Demographics; Providers of education and training; Equity; Outcomes

Keywords: Enrolment; Ethnicity; Minority group; College; Community college; University; Access to education and training; Socioeconomic background

Geographic subjects: United States; North America

Published: Washington, District of Columbia: Center on Education and the Workforce, Georgetown University, 2013

Physical description: 57 p.

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Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 113.779

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