Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility
Posted by American Council on Education on June 25, 2018
The Minority-Serving-College Mobility Bump
Lower-income students who attend minority-serving colleges are more likely to move up in economic status, according to a new report, despite the fact that those colleges tend to have less money.
Lower-income students who attend minority-serving colleges are more likely to see a jump in their economic status than are those who attend other colleges.
That’s the bottom-line finding from a new report by the American Council on Education, which crunched numbers from the Equality of Opportunity Project, the highly cited data project released last year by Raj Chetty, a Stanford University economist, and several other researchers.
The new paper, which ACE says is the first of its kind, found that income-mobility rates tend to be two to three times higher at minority-serving institutions than at non-minority-serving ones. The higher rates occur despite the fact that minority-serving colleges are educating the “country’s most vulnerable students,” the study notes, often with relatively limited budgets.
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