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What Role Does Higher Education Play in the American Dream?

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Higher education has long been called an engine of economic opportunity and mobility.

But recent research has uncovered disturbing evidence that in many cases, higher education institutions are worsening socioeconomic inequality. What does the data show, and what changes are needed to make higher education an engine of opportunity and equitable growth?

Experts weighed in on this topic during a December 10 session at the Education Writers Association’s Pathways to Good Jobs: Higher Ed’s Changing Role in Upward Mobility seminar.

The participants were: 

  • Byron Auguste, Opportunity@Work
  • Anthony Carnevale, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
  • Caroline Hendrie, Education Writers Association
  • Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post (moderator)