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Even among workers with good jobs, Blacks and Latinos are paid less than White workers at every level of education. Learn more:

White workers have a disproportionate share of good jobs compared to Blacks and Latinos. #CEWequity

What we see in today’s colleges is a far cry from a united path to prosperity—it’s a chasm demarcated by race. Read more from Dr. Carnevale:

“Money alone isn’t going to make a difference,” CEW’s Martin Van Der Werf said. Supplementing financial support for Pell-eligible students with advising, career preparation, and more can help ensure they complete college. Read: @DiverseIssues

With an associate’s degree or certificate, workers in construction or engineering can earn as much—or even more—than workers with bachelor’s degrees. Read: @constructdive

Between 1991 and 2016, White workers increased their share of good jobs from 50% to 58%. #GoodJobsData

Black workers’ net gains in good jobs in the past 25 years were on the bachelor’s degree and middle-skills pathways. #CEWpathways

Inequities by race remain prevalent in the labor market: White workers have a disproportionately high share of good jobs.

The manufacturing workforce has downsized significantly in past decades. “There’s no question,” Dr. Carnevale said, “that retail is up next.” Read: @TIME

What’s the result of eliminating standardized test requirements for college admissions? For selective colleges, it can mean maximizing revenue by admitting more students whose parents can pay tuition. Read: @timeshighered

Colleges Need to Rethink Their Market — and Maybe Their Mission

In this article for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Jeffrey J. Selingo discusses how higher education needs to evolve. Selingo cites CEW report “Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements through 2020.”


Ignore the Hype. College Is Worth It.

CEW Director Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale writes in an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed that college is worth it—despite questioning that suggests otherwise.


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

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor