New Report Reveals College Campuses Continue Pattern of Inequality


Getting a college education, for many Latino and African-American students and their families, has long been presumed to be the great ‘equalizer’ when it comes to righting the wrongs of disparities that exist in public education and the white collar workforce.
But a new report from GeorgetownUniversity’s Center on Education and the Workforce highlights an issue that has been the proverbial elephant in the room for too many years — students of color are dreaming if they think colleges are havens of fair play and opportunity.
Separate & Unequal: How Higher Education Reinforces the Intergenerational Reproduction of White Racial Privilege shatters the illusion that higher education is any different from elementary or high school when it comes to which students get all the breaks.
According to the report, “The postsecondary system mimics and magnifies the racial and ethnic inequality in educational preparation it inherits from the K-12 system and then projects this inequality into the labor market.”
The report’s authors found that students of color are being funneled into underfunded institutions while white students are concentrated in more elite and selective universities. Even those white students who share in the same lack of preparedness for college as Latinos and African Americans are still presented with more opportunities than their peers of color.
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