Federal Archives - The Campaign for College Opportunity
These remarks were given by Audrey Dow, Vice President of External Affairs and Operations at a U.S. Department of Education hearing.
At the end of last year, President Obama and the Department of Education unveiled the first draft of the new Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) and has asked for public comment. The draft proposes a college ratings system of 10 metrics for rating universities and colleges based on college access, affordability, and performance.
I understand and appreciate the enormity of undertaking a ratings system for the thousands of colleges and universities that exist in the United States. Barriers to college access and success stifle the country’s economic growth while widening the gap between the rich and poor and among students of different ethnic/racial backgrounds. Read More
Written by: Harley Frankel, Founder and Executive Director of College Match and Michele Siqueiros, President of the Campaign for College Opportunity.
Equal educational opportunity and diversity have been core values of American democracy since the 18th Century. For these reasons, we have invested heavily in public education, land grant colleges and numerous public universities. But unfortunately, our higher education system has not done a very good job in the area of diversity.
Students from low-income families (defined as the bottom quarter of Americans ranked by income) are the most underrepresented group of Americans at the nation’s top colleges and universities, according to a 2004 Century Foundation report. Only 3% of students at the 146 most selective colleges come from families in this quartile. In stark contrast, 75% of all students at these institutions are from families in the top income quartile. This means that students in the upper income quartile are 25 times more likely to attend a top-ranked college than a student born to low-income parents. Read More
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
In America, every child should have access to a world-class education. Our Nation’s classrooms cultivate and challenge young minds and build a skilled and competitive workforce, securing a brighter future for our children and our country. Across America, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) provide essential education opportunities and play a vital role in fulfilling our responsibility to the rising group of Hispanic innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, and scholars. This week, we honor these halls of learning and recommit ourselves to inspiring and preparing the next generation of leaders.