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Higher Education’s New Caste System
September 4, 2013 10:00 am
September 4, 2013 12:00 pm
New America Foundation
August 21, 2013
New America Foundation
1899 L Street, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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Higher Education’s New Caste System

An event sponsored by the 

Washington Monthly and

the New America Foundation


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For the better part of a century, higher education has operated under a compact with its citizens. Taxpayers would fund the basic research that sustains economic growth, and in return tuition at public institutions would remain low enough that middle- and lower-class students can afford degrees.


That compact is breaking down in front of our eyes. With plummeting state support and skyrocketing tuition, our flagship public universities are increasingly becoming, like elite private colleges, strongholds of the wealthy (including rich foreign students). Meanwhile, lower-income and minority students are increasingly being channeled to lower-prestige “open access” colleges where spending per pupil and graduation rates are roughly half as high. Instead of being an engine of equal opportunity, higher education is becoming a driver of inequality.


Please join the Washington Monthly and the New America Foundation at a special launch event for the 2013 Washington Monthly College Guide Rankings (#collegeguide). This event will explore higher education’s new caste system – how it came about, and how to turn it around. This event is free and open to the public. 


Higher Education’s New Caste System

September 4, 2013

 10 a.m. to noon

The New America Foundation

1899 L Street, N.W., Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036




Opening Remarks

  • Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation



  • Jamaal Abdul-Alim, Journalist and Spencer Education Journalism Fellow,
    Columbia University
  • Kevin Carey, Director, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
  • Diana Natalicio, President, University of Texas at El Paso



  • Paul Glastris, Editor in Chief, Washington Monthly


 Register here.
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