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Asians remain just 6% of the American populace, but they have an outsized number of seats in postsecondary education. Learn more:

.@RonBrownstein explains how the college admissions scandal has revealed racial and social inequities already built into the system. Read more:

Public colleges and universities are funded by taxpayers and should serve all of their states’ populations. Instead, their student bodies are stratified by race and class. Watch:

Despite being only 5% of the college-age population, Asians constitute 12% of freshmen starting at selective public colleges. Read more:

“At the nation’s public colleges and universities, which we all pay for with our tax dollars, access for minority students is little better” than at selective institutions, Dr. Carnevale writes in an op-ed. Read it here:

Black students make up 7% of freshmen at selective public colleges, even though they are 15% of the college-age population. Find out more about representation in #highered here:

Misguided admissions practices and growing inequality in funding are splitting the public higher education system into two separate and unequal tracks. Learn more:

White enrollment at public open-access colleges has declined from 63% to 48% in just the past decade. Read more:

Four-year college, trade school, or hands-on experience—which is the best path for creative people? Sometimes, a combination is best. Learn more:

How Job Retraining Can Yield Lasting Wage Gains (It Isn’t Cheap)

Nelson D. Schwartz writes for the New York Times about Project Quest, a training program in San Antonio that has proven unusually successful. Schwartz quotes Dr. Carnevale on how training programs in the US compare to those in other countries.


The Texas Tech K-12 Pipeline

Lindsay McKenzie writes for Inside Higher Ed about the potential of Texas Tech’s K-12 program. McKenzie quotes CEW Director Anthony P. Carnevale about how the university system has the potential to connect students to the labor market earlier in their studies.


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

Anthony P. Carnevale
Director and Research Professor