Access: the Fundamental Dilemma

June 9, 2011

For months I’ve had this note to myself sitting on my desk:

The more a college or university can choose who it educates, the more it will choose to educate wealthier students, and the more likely it is that it will educate students who had had the privilege of a better k-12 education.  (These are essentially the same thing.)  This is the essential fact of competition in higher education, and the biggest barrier to providing quality higher education for all.

To solve the problem of access for all to a quality higher education, we have to find a way around this fundamental dilemma.


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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