The 'Bottom' Seventy Percent: What America's Elite Institutions of Higher Learning Owe to Everyone Else


Publication Date: October 2009

Publisher: Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Author(s): Kevin Carey

Research Area: Education

Keywords: Elite universities; College access

Type: Other

Coverage: Wisconsin United States


In this inaugural essay for the WISCAPE Viewpoints series, Kevin Carey argues that students with the greatest educational need--low-income, part-time, first-generation, working parents, immigrants, and people of color--are systematically funneled into institutions with the fewest resources. In response, elite universities must be uncommonly generous in the years ahead with respect to funding, transfers, and the amount of students they will serve.