The Forgotten Man at Elite Colleges
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Elite colleges have an obsessive focus on diversity, but it’s generally limited to diversity of race, gender, and sexual orientation. Their commitment to diversity of class is not as clear. Anthony Abraham Jack, a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, examines this lack of class diversity and fills a research gap. In The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students, Jack uses his own experience as a low-income student at Amherst College to examine how low-income students at elite colleges struggle or succeed and how they differ from one another.
Elite colleges don’t admit many poor students, and they tend to see the few that they do as identical to other students, offering them no specialized academic support. Jack offers a strong critique of this approach and argues that “admitting students and giving them financial aid is not enough to make an inclusive campus.” It’s...