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Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience

Not Everyone Can Afford the All-American On-Campus Experience | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Living away from home gives students a chance to immerse themselves in new academic and social worlds. But that kind of college experience is available only to an increasingly privileged few.
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

"But the arguments for living on campus are complicated at every turn. In reality, dorm life, especially at selective schools, can be alienating for first-generation minority students struggling to relate to peers with private school diplomas and plenty of pocket money. To low-income parents, many of whom have more traditional values, talk of non-academic engagement can sound pretty frivolous and even suspicious, as if easy access to frat row were being recast as a pillar of a well-rounded education. To these same parents, staying at home doesn’t seem at all unconventional. In high school, my peers and I understood going away to college as going away. Separation from family was part of the deal. This is not a universally accepted notion in Latino and Asian family traditions in which multi-generational households are quite common."

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How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell

How Economically Diverse Is Your College? A 'New York Times’ Ranking May Soon Tell | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The newspaper's new project isn't trying to pick the best colleges. It’s more interested in how well they attract underprivileged students. ... 'Our project is much more of an analysis than it is any attempt at a comprehensive ranking,' says David Leonhardt, who heads The Upshot, the "Times" division that will produce the new ratings."

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s insight:

Other rankings "'are all attempts at some kind of comprehensive overview,' Mr. Leonhardt said in a follow-up interview on Thursday. What The Upshot plans to unveil, starting with the findings being released at the September conference, is a 'a more targeted look,' based on particular slices of data. 'We’re not trying to do a comprehensive, throw-everything-in look at colleges.'"

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