Show Them the Money!!!!

Crabby wonders what they’re talking about in Washington today.... Today (Dec. 4, 2014) a group of college, university, and organization leaders is meeting in Washington DC to discuss how to improve access to higher education for non-privileged students. Earlier in the year, a similar meeting was held in Boston where these institutions were challenged to develop … Continue reading Show Them the Money!!!!

“One Percent” Institutions and the Public Interest

Crabby pries open the golden gates... Yesterday's Chronicle of Higher Education reported some good news for low-income students (fuller article in the New York Times): The University of Chicago will now do more for those students by, among other things, replacing student loans  with grants in cases of need-based financial aid; automatically waiving the application fee … Continue reading “One Percent” Institutions and the Public Interest

Metaphorical Mistakes in College Access Thinking

Crabby suggests better metaphors for thinking about college access... In last Friday's New York Times, Peter Dreier and Richard Kahlenberg wrote about "Making Top Colleges Less Aristocratic and More Meritocratic."  They note that affluent students far outnumber economically disadvantaged students at highly selective college by 14 to 1. While "some colleges, such as Amherst and Harvard, … Continue reading Metaphorical Mistakes in College Access Thinking

Fizzy Aspirations & Constipated Dreams

I've just returned from an informal session with some students participating in a mentoring program sponsored and run by 100 Black Men of Chicago. They work with African American high school boys on topics from academics to health; I was asked to do a college presentation and work individually with some of their seniors. And … Continue reading Fizzy Aspirations & Constipated Dreams

Is Free Tuition Really Free?

I know you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth (and surely there's a 21st century version of that around somewhere...), and I support colleges' and universities' using more of their endowments to ease the financial burden on families with low incomes. In fact, I work with first-generation and underserved students, so anything that … Continue reading Is Free Tuition Really Free?