Flagship Universities Straying from their Mission

January 14, 2010 at 10:42 am 1 comment

Pretty scary report. Some of the state universities identified as having student populations growing richer and whiter are in those states that are now majority non-white and poor.  As a faculty member at a state university, I can attest that we are feeling the budget cuts as support from the state dwindles.  But if state universities are not serving their role in supporting the population of the state, I can see how the state could feel that it’s getting a raw deal.

While the representation of minority students edged up slightly at the 50 institutions from 2004 to 2007, as measured by Education Trust, students from low-income students were slightly less well represented on the campuses than they were three years earlier.

“These institutions continue to enroll students who are significantly richer and significantly whiter than the state populations they are supposed to be serving,” Haycock, who co-wrote the report with two Education Trust staff members, said in a telephone news briefing Wednesday.

“In a spending pattern that is literally beyond belief, these institutions are spending almost exactly the same amount of money to provide grant aid to students in the top two quintiles of family income as they are spending on students in the bottom two quintiles,” the report says.

via News: Flogging the Flagships – Inside Higher Ed.

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  • 1. An Educational Extinction Event? « Computing Education Blog  |  January 30, 2010 at 11:39 am

    […] concerns about that. Universities already widen the gap between rich and poor, by flunking out or not admitting the poor. On-line courses tend to flunk out even more students, and mostly at the lower-knowledge and poor […]


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