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.
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