The Talent Is Out There
So Why Don’t Elite Colleges Enroll More Low-Income Students?
Martin Kurzweil and the Aspen Institute’s Joshua Wyner published “The talent is out there. So why don’t elite colleges enroll more low-income students?” in The Washington Post. Writing in response to a recent report from the American Enterprise Institute, they argue that “both low- and middle-income students are severely underrepresented at selective institutions. The report presents a false trade-off that diverts attention from the real issue: Students in the top income bracket are extraordinarily overrepresented at our nation’s most selective colleges and universities.”
Kurzweil and Wyner point to the work of the American Talent Initiative (ATI), and note that “as members of ATI, college leaders can together elevate the priority of socioeconomic diversity by demonstrating its value to students and to society.”
Their OpEd is available here, and we welcome your comments below.