Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States: 45 Year Trend Report

In 1947 – the mid-point of the 20th Century – Harry S. Truman warned in a report of his Commission on Higher Education, “
If the ladder of educational opportunity rises high at the doors of some youth and scarcely rises at the doors of others, while at the same time formal education is made a prerequisite to occupational and social advance, then education may become the means, not of eliminating race and class distinctions, but of deepening and solidifying them.”1 Now over 60 years later – well into the 21st century – these words read as an eerie foreshadowing to the state of higher education in the United States today.

In 1947 – the mid-point of the 20th Century – Harry S. Truman warned in a report of his Commission on Higher Education, “ If the ladder of educational opportunity rises high at the doors of some youth and scarcely rises at the doors of others, while at the same time formal education is made a prerequisite to occupational and social advance, then education may become the means, not of eliminating race and class distinctions, but of deepening and solidifying them.”1 Now over 60 years later – well into the 21st century – these words read as an eerie foreshadowing to the state of higher education in the United States today.

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Categories: Academia, Equity, Social Equity