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Today’s separate and unequal #highered system prioritizes student wealth over merit. Dr. Carnevale writes that it’s worse than broken—it’s fixed. Read more in his @WashingtonPost op-ed: wapo.st/2Odqz3l

While the cost of college continues to rise, the median family income has seen little growth, making it even harder for students and families to afford college. Read more: cnb.cx/2HjcHDr @CNBC @AnnieReporter

Misguided admissions practices and inequality in state funding are splitting public #highered into two separate and unequal tracks. CEW Associate Director of Editorial and Postsecondary Policy @collegeof2020 explains: bit.ly/2tUvTiX @WGBH @KirkCarapezza @OnCampusWGBH

#College graduates earn an average annual salary of $61K, which amounts to about $2.4M in lifetime earnings. Learn more: bit.ly/1Q7oVrW #CEWmajors

Today, 35% of all jobs require a bachelor’s degree or more. Learn more: bit.ly/1Q7oVrW #CEWmajors

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#Colleges and universities prefer to recruit students at high schools in communities with higher incomes, often leaving out low-income students from rural areas. Read more: bit.ly/2u5ndX9

#Career preparation is integral for college students as they look to enter the changing economy. Here’s how colleges can make career services more effective for students: bit.ly/2G01t66 @EdDiveHigherEd

Technology schools and programs, once stigmatized, are now being commended for their relevance, flexibility, and low cost. Read more: bit.ly/2TAUtEE @PopMech

The Admissions System Is Worse Than Broken. It’s Fixed.

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post, CEW Director Anthony P. Carnevale explores how higher education is not a meritocracy, but a system that favors already privileged students. “As is true with most aspects of American society,” he writes, “it is better to be rich than smart.”

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5 Ideas for Change in Higher Ed From SXSW EDU

In this Education Dive article, Hallie Busta lists five ideas for improving higher ed, including increasing career service offerings and online degree options. Busta cites the CEW report “Learning While Earning: The New Normal” to show that one-fifth of today’s full-time students are also working full time.

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The only thing more expensive than going to college is not going to college.

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor