The role of higher education in reducing inequity: Using tuition, drop-out rates, and opportunity hoarding

Mark Guzdial, Computing Education Blog, Nov 21, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Good post explaining why simply providing access to an education isn't enough to address income inequality. First, let's look at the cost of education in the first place and the load it places on people. "One of saddest features of US higher education economics today: many of the kids saddled with higher education debt don’t even graduate!" But even if you graduate, you need more than an education. "Rich kids who drop out of high school do as well as poor kids who complete college? Opportunity hoarding makes it difficult to really move the needle in terms of addressing economic inequity." I've called this 'the Yale advantage' in the past and it represents one of the core inequalities online learning needs to address. Otherwise, it becomes just a means of entrenching the status quo.

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