May 12, 2006
Elite Colleges Lag in Serving the Needy
The institutions with the most money do a poor job of reaching the students with the least
In 1940, James Bryant Conant, then president of Harvard University, laid out his vision of an egalitarian society, a classless culture based on educational opportunity, not chance of birth.
The nation had the duty "to afford all an unfettered start and a fair chance in the race of life," Mr. Conant said in the speech at the University of California.
But more than six decades after