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13% of Americans still believed in 2018 that most women are not as emotionally suited for politics as men, but those with higher levels of education stand out for showing less bias against women in office. Read more:

Advantaged students have safety nets to keep them on track while their less-advantaged peers do not; as a result, less-advantaged students are more likely to fall behind and stay behind. Read more: #CEWequity

Kindergartners from affluent families are more likely to earn and maintain top-half #math scores. Learn more: #CEWequity

test Twitter Media - Kindergartners from affluent families are more likely to earn and maintain top-half #math scores. Learn more: #CEWequity

All children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. But many disadvantaged children don’t have access to the same community supports and enrichment activities as their affluent peers. Read more: #CEWequity

The divide between financial returns at liberal-arts colleges represents “the usual American issue,” Dr. Carnevale says: disparities based on race and class. Read more: @chronicle

A student with an average SAT score would have an 80% chance of graduating from a top university but has almost no chance of getting in—which perpetuates a system of White privilege. Should we really be giving test scores as much clout as we do? Read more:

Students’ chances of attaining a postsecondary degree vary by race and ethnicity. Whites and Asians are more likely than Blacks and Latinos with similar test scores to earn a #college degree by their mid-20s. See more: #CEWequity

To help level the playing field for disadvantaged students, we need to improve and expand high school #counseling to ensure students can make informed decisions after graduation. Learn more: #CEWequity

Children from affluent families have better chances of academic and early career success than disadvantaged students. Watch:

Will US Universities be Made Redundant by the Employability Agenda?

In this Times Higher Education article, Paul Basken discusses how companies training their workers will affect higher education. Basken quotes CEW Director Anthony Carnevale on the idea of an additional two years of free public education.


Universities That Boost the Poorest Students to Wealth are Becoming Harder to Afford

In this Hechinger Report article, Matt Krupnick discusses increasing socioeconomic stratification in higher education. Krupnick cites CEW report “Born to Win, Schooled to Lose” and quotes CEW Research Director Jeff Strohl on how systems of wealth and poverty perpetuate themselves.


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

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor