In Push for Diversity, Colleges Pay Attention to Socioeconomic Class

Socioeconomic Class Gains Attention in Colleges' Push for Diversity 1

Carl Bower

Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown U. Center on Education and the Workforce, says the lowest income groups are rising as a proportion of students at noncompetitive colleges, while the highest income groups are rising as a proportion of students at selective colleges.

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Carl Bower

Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown U. Center on Education and the Workforce, says the lowest income groups are rising as a proportion of students at noncompetitive colleges, while the highest income groups are rising as a proportion of students at selective colleges.

It's hard to spot one of the most underrepresented minority groups at many four-year colleges: students and faculty members from the working class.

Efforts to promote campus diversity have tended to gloss over them, focusing instead on members of racial and ethnic minority groups, whose presence or absence is easier to detect. What little research has been done on working-class students and academics—mainly