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College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?

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A comprehensive new book edited by Michael McPherson, President of The Spencer Foundation, and Morton Schapiro, President of Williams College.

America is still often seen as a land of golden opportunity, but we have known for a long time that the statistics on college enrollment paint a different picture for many young people: Students from low-income families and those where neither parent attended college are less likely to graduate from high school and go on to college. Those who do graduate are disproportionately likely to enroll in public community colleges rather than selective colleges and universities. The perspectives of leading researchers and practitioners offered in College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? shed new light on the varied dimensions of the issue, and on what can be done to respond to this national problem. This volume builds on important previous research by such authors as Bill Bowen and Derek Bok.