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Unequal access to selective colleges, which have far higher graduation rates than open-access colleges, is troubling at a time when Blacks and Latinos are falling further behind Whites in bachelor’s degree attainment. Watch: youtu.be/8iNARlfvmT8

Public postsecondary education is split into two separate and unequal systems, with Blacks and Latinos facing the greatest underrepresentation in selective public colleges. Read more: bit.ly/2L1jbXZ @HechingerReport

“There are far more Black and Latino students with the qualifications to attend selective colleges than ever get to attend one,” says Dr. Carnevale. Read more: bit.ly/33AIsAp @USNews

Young Blacks and Latinos have slowly increased their bachelor’s degree attainment, but neither group has reached the attainment rate of 25% that Whites achieved in 1980. Learn more here: bit.ly/2yU2xUT

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#Florida is the only state where Latinos are proportionately represented at selective public colleges. Find out more about #highered representation in your state here: bit.ly/2yU2xUT

When will selective #colleges admit Black and Latino students at a rate proportionate to White students? Read more: bit.ly/33AIsAp @USNews

Dr. Carnevale notes that Texas Tech has always been “two steps ahead of everyone else” in connecting #highered to the workforce, and that the school has the potential to be a leader in connecting K-12 to higher ed. Read more: bit.ly/2yXhMMn

Latinos constitute 21% of the college-age population but only 12% of the freshmen at selective public colleges. Find out more about racial representation at selective colleges here: bit.ly/2yU2xUT

For Black and Latino students, access to #highered does not necessarily mean earning a bachelor’s degree. Learn why here: bit.ly/33AIsAp @USNews

Although Blacks and Latinos have gained more seats in higher education, cuts in funding for public colleges contribute to lower graduation rates among these groups. Read more here: cnn.it/2N8h5bg @CNN

IDEA Understands That College Is the New High School — For the Texas Charter Network That Means Making It Attainable for Everyone

In this article for The 74, Richard Whitmire excerpts his book about how bachelor’s degrees have the potential to transform the United States workforce. Whitmire cites CEW’s report “Learning While Earning” and quotes CEW Director Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale and CEW Chief Economist Nicole Smith.

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Historic Rise of College-Educated Women in Labor Force Changes Workplace

In this article for the Wall Street Journal, Likhitha Butchireddygari discusses how women now make up the majority of the college-educated labor force. Butchireddygari quotes CEW Chief Economist Nicole Smith on how this increase will allow women more control over their earnings and lives.

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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