Social Class Links 11/23/2014

November 22, 2014

  • Colleges block a website that allows students to compare estimated costs of attending.

    “If you’re a shoestring start-up trying to get noticed in an enormous industry, there’s nothing that helps more than having big players try to ban you. But from financial services to airlines, the pattern repeats itself again and again, as the lumbering giants seek to destroy rather than cooperate.

    And so it goes with higher education, its trillion-dollar student debt tally and a tiny little outfit called College Abacus. It has a web tool that allows people applying for college to enter financial and other personal data. Then it spits out three estimates of the price they might actually pay once colleges offer them scholarships. It does so by harnessing calculators on individual colleges’ websites. And it turns out that many of those colleges don’t like the idea very much.”

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Social Class Links 11/22/2014

November 21, 2014

  • Wise compassion from Mike Rose.

    “Because of the various layers of segregation in our society—from work to schools to places of worship—those of us who are relatively socially mobile have few opportunities to live and work closely with people who are at the bottom of the income ladder. We don’t know them. And because we don’t know their values and aspirations, the particulars of their daily decisions, and the economic and psychological boundaries within which those decisions are made, the poor easily become psychologically one-dimensional—intellectually, emotionally, and volitionally simplified, not quite like us.”

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Social Class Links 11/20/2014

November 19, 2014

  • As many of us work to help align college aspirations with students’ dreams, elite colleges spend thousands of dollars to convince students they’ll never admit to apply, all so that they can brag of how competitive admissions were for the legacy and other elite students who are admitted.

    “I’m not alone. Each year, colleges reach out to thousands of students with fancy brochures and solicitous e-mails, inviting them to apply. They contact many more students than they’ll accept, buying names for less than 50 cents a pop from places like the College Board, which has data on students’ PSAT or SAT range, self-reported GPA, ethnicity, religion and potential major. (Students must opt in before their data is shared).

    Here’s why: Colleges want prestige, and a high ranking on the infamous U.S. News and World Report lists. One way to get it? Low acceptance rates, which come from lots of applications.”

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Social Class Links 11/19/2014

November 18, 2014

  • More students entered during the recession, but fewer made it to graduation.

    “Dundar said one of the report’s more alarming findings was a decline in completion rates at four-year institutions for students who first enrolled at community colleges. That number dropped a percentage point compared to the previous year (to 16.2 percent from 17.2 percent) despite efforts around the country to create smoother transfer pathways.
    On the positive side, the study confirmed that more students eventually get to the finish line after eight years of working on a credential.”

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Social Class Links 11/18/2014

November 17, 2014

  • While we keep focusing on test scores in schools, we ignore overall structural inequalities.

    “Black children born into the middle class — literally the middle 5th of Americans as measured by household income — overwhelmingly see downward mobility. 16% will remain somewhere in the middle, 14% will be richer than their parents, and a whopping 69% will end up less economically stable. In comparison, only 38% of Americans, overall, born into the middle 5th see a decline in their status as adults.”

    tags: socialclass

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

November 17, 2014



We’re at the half way mark of our Crowd Funding campaign to launch our project of creating and curating First Generation Students’ Digital Stories.   After an amazingly successful first week, we doubled our goal.    As of this moment, we’re well on our way to achieving that new more ambitious goal with the support of almost 100 generous souls who have donated $5, $50, and sometimes much more.  We’d love to blast past this new goal, too, to more fully cover the actual costs of the project.

We are beyond excited that this project is going to happen.

We’d love for you to  be a part of of this adventure.  More information here.

For readers interested in First Generation students and the challenges they face on campus (and beyond), I highly recommend Lynda Lopez’s First Generation Students blog and Twitter feed.

Lynda was active in starting national and campus “Class Confessions” conversations around socioeconomic issues while an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and in advocating for First Generation and Low Income students at U of C.

I posted her Class Action essay on 10 Most Classist Things About College on my campus’s Equity and Inclusion Facebook page and it was shared widely across departments.

I don’t know anyone more knowledgable about how First Generation students are faring at elite colleges around the country.  I’ve learned a ton from her.

You’ll learn a lot from her, too.


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