Rethinking the “Undermatching” Concerns for First Gen Students

This, on the report that came out this week on how most college students stay within 50 miles of home, what that means for young living people far from metro areas, and the purposes of higher education.

If we assume that the point of higher education is to pluck out the few worthies from the great mass and to siphon them to the few places that matter, then the undermatching thesis is the way to go. But if we assume that people who choose the Batavias of the world — for reasons of their own — also matter, then we need to reject it out of hand.

via Postcards From the Provinces | Confessions of a Community College Dean.

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