Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Wonk Podcast: Intro & Episode 1

As young people flock to cities, more and more notice the burden of high rent. Why is rent so high, and how do we know when it's a problem? Spence breaks down rental markets with urban economist Dr. Sam Staley: how do we measure changes in the housing market, how do we decide between good and bad development, and who are the YIMBY unicorns?


Rethinking the Economic and Racial Composition of Community Colleges

May 28, 2013 09:15 AM

A recently released paper by member Sara Goldrick-Rab, School Integration and the Open Door Philosophy: Rethinking the Economic and Racial Composition of Community Colleges, documents the extent of segregation at community colleges. Goldrick-Rab, an associate professor of education policy at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the study’s co-author, shows that community colleges reflect the area they serve. Only one-quarter of community colleges can be considered racially integrated, and hover near an average of 37 percent of their students being from minority groups, the study found. About half are integrated along socioeconomic lines.

The paper, co-written with Peter Kinsley, a researcher at Wisconsin, indicates that fully 75 percent of the variation in racial composition in the two-year sector is directly attributable to the racial composition of their surrounding geographic locales.

“The problems of those communities resulting from neighborhood segregation and the concentration of poverty are simply transferred up the educational pipeline,” wrote Kinsley and Goldrick-Rab. Segregated community colleges with larger proportions of needy students "not only receive fewer monetary resources, but they likely produce less student learning.”

The study’s findings are mixed about the relative resources at colleges based on their racial and ethnic mixes. But as a general rule it found that the “more minority students a college enrolls, the fewer organizational advantages it enjoys.”

The paper is also featured in a recent article by Insider Higher Ed on race and inequity.



« Back

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
NEW ADDRESS! 1100 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 650 Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.496.0130 | Fax: 202.496.0134
Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Subscribe to me on YouTube

Home|About APPAM|Membership|Public Policy News|Conference & Events|Publications| Awards|Careers & Education|Members Only

Web site design and web site development by

© 2016 Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management. All Rights Reserved.
Site Map | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Events | Add Your Event