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Administration’s Higher Education Goals Unattainable Without K-16 Bridge

The following is an excerpt from Professor Omari Scott Simons piece about the disparities that exist among “vulnerable students” in higher education. His op-ed piece was published on the www.huffingtonpost.com, February 25th . “The dearth of college counseling in the nation’s public schools derails many students as they transition between high school and college. Compared to their more privileged peers with similar academic qualifications, low-income, minority, first-generation, and other vulnerable students are less likely to attend college.”

“When these vulnerable students pursue higher education, they are more likely to attend vocational schools, community colleges, for-profit universities, and less selective four-year colleges. This phenomenon highlights a sorting process in the act of choosing among higher education options that further perpetuates socio-economic inequality and limits the nation’s global competitiveness.”

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