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Webinar: Great levelers or great stratifiers? College access, admissions, and the American middle class

With a special discussion on the effects of COVID-19 on college access

Past Event

One year after Operation Varsity Blues, and in the midst of one of the greatest crises higher education has ever seen, college admissions and access have never been more important. A college degree has long been seen as a ticket into the middle class, but it is increasingly clear that not all institutions lead to the same intergenerational mobility. Understanding the relationships between universities, the admissions process, and long-term success is critical to both developing the middle class and helping people rise to join its ranks.

On May 19, the Future of the Middle Class Initiative hosted a virtual event to present a new way of thinking about college attendance and future success, specifically geared toward the middle class. John Friedman, a professor at Brown University, also spoke on the recent report from Opportunity Insights, followed by a panel discussion on higher education and access, especially in light of COVID-19.

Viewers can submit questions by emailing or via Twitter with #HigherEdForAll.



Middle class mobility report

Opportunity Insights report

Panel discussion on college access, equity, and admissions

With a special focus on COVID-19

Sandy Baum

Nonresident Fellow, Center on Education Data and Policy - Urban Institute

David Phillips

Vice Provost for Admissions and Financial Aid - Johns Hopkins University

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