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Many young Americans leave home and never return. In particular, this trend can be seen in rural America. 1,350 counties “non-metro” counties have lost population since 2010. Since the mid 1990s, rural population growth has been significantly lower than urban areas. The movement of people has resulted in national economic growth, but there are consequences. Behind these numbers lie worrisome consequences.
The underrepresentation of low-income students at selective institutions of higher learning may point to strong disadvantages in the college admissions process that are unique to this demographic. A combination of a lack of access to resources to solidify prerequisites for acceptance, strong barriers to apply, and unfavorable admissions review procedures, make it significantly harder for low-income students to make it through the admissions process at top universities. While elite schools with large endowments and federal grants generally do well at providing financial support to low-income students, there seems to be limited awareness of these resources. Policies to recruit and accept low-income students appear to mitigate these issues on the institutional level, while government funding towards programs such as Pell Grants increase educational accessibility from the national level.
At a recent meeting of educational technology policy advisors, a well-informed university CIO casually declared that MOOCs were history. It’s true they stopped making headlines a while ago, but they have hardly abated. Research from Faculty Affiliate Ezekiel Emanuel on who’s benefiting from MOOCs and why informs this discussion.
Proponents of free college programs say they will reduce the financial barriers to college and help more people get the education and training they need to get the jobs of today and tomorrow.
But will free college programs achieve their promise? Can they make college more affordable and increase college attainment? Faculty Affiliate Laura Perna explores this issue in her article.
University endowments have remained tax-exempt. But that appears likely to change under the tax proposal backed by President Trump and congressional Republicans.
Some schools also may resort to tuition increases to pay for the tax, said Faculty Affiliate Joni E. Finney, director of the Institute for Research on Higher Education at Penn.
“That further exacerbates the problem we are trying to address,” Finney said.