This episode of To A Degree explores why some institutions have more success than others in helping students from low-income backgrounds move up the socioeconomic ladder. Guests include John Friedman of Brown University, Shirley Reed of South Texas College, William Covino of California State University – Los Angeles, Kevin Carey of New America, and Mark Schneider of the American Institutes for Research (AIR).
John Friedman discusses the Equality of Opportunity Project’s use of data to identify colleges and universities that have large numbers of students who come from low-income backgrounds and end up with high incomes. Friedman also explores why these high-impact colleges and universities are more successful than their peer institutions.
William Covino, president of California State University – Los Angeles, and Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College, discuss why their high-impact institutions are successful in helping large numbers of low-income students climb the socioeconomic ladder.
Kevin Carey of New America and Mark Schneider of the American Institutes for Research discuss current research on higher education and the mobility of low-income students, its implications for public policy and institutional practice, and additional research needed.
John Friedman is an associate professor of economics, and international and public affairs at Brown University. His research evaluates the drivers of student success and inequality, translating data into policy-relevant insights.
Shirley Reed is the founding president of South Texas College, which serves almost 35,000 students. A 2013 recipient of the McGraw Prize, Reed has devoted her 40-year career to removing structural barriers in higher education and serving low-income students.
As president of California State University – Los Angeles, William Covino emphasizes the importance of a curriculum that prepares students to transform the future and improve the community’s quality of life—in Los Angeles and beyond.
Kevin Carey directs the Education Policy program at New America. He is a regular contributor to The Upshot at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He also edits the annual Washington Monthly college guide. Carey is the author of The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere.
Mark Schneider is vice president at the American Institutes for Research and president of College Measures, which he created. He works on increasing accountability in higher education. Schneider previously served as the U.S. Commissioner of Education Statistics.
Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.