ATI’s progress over two years is explored in this Wall Street Journal piece. “The country really needs institutions that are true to the American dream of social mobility, of authentic opportunity,” said UC Irvine Chancellor Howard Gillman. “It doesn’t need institutions that are there to reproduce privilege.”
A major push to increase enrollment of lower-income students at the nation’s top colleges and universities is showing some early signs of success.
Since a public effort called the American Talent Initiative was launched two years ago, 96 schools have increased enrollment of low-income students by 7,291 students, a 3.5% gain, according to a report being released by the group Monday. While the number may be small, it bucks a nationwide trend of declining enrollment by such students in recent years.