State universities promote class inequality

From Benjamin Wermund at Politico:

A recent analysis of the Equality of Opportunity Project data — which used tax data to study campus economic trends from 2000 to 2011, the most recent years available — by the D.C.-based think tank New America found that since the late 1990s, nearly two-thirds of selective public universities increased the share of students in the top 20 percent and reduced the share from the bottom 40 percent.

Another recent report, by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, found that at 24 public flagship universities, out-of-state students represent at least 40 percent of freshman enrollment. At 11 public flagships, out-of-state students account for more than half of all freshmen. Out-of-state enrollment at prestigious public flagship research universities like the University of Michigan grew by 80 students per year, on average, from 2013 to 2015.

“We are shutting the doors of higher education — of public higher education — to low-income students,” said Stephen Burd, who led the New America analysis. “That’s incredibly distressing considering public higher education is supposed to be the cheaper option that common people — real people — could go to. Now you see these public colleges are acting just like the private colleges. It’s kind of scary in terms of what this means for opportunity in this country.” More.

Reality check: But of course they promote class inequality! Upper class twerps and twits of all shapes, sizes, colours, nationalities, etc. (including a huge dollop of snowflakes and trigger warn-ees) don’t need teaching; they need excuses for not learning and sinecures, including diversity sinecures, when they graduate.

The working-class kid who isn’t willing to die on a hillbilly heroin high needs to come out of there with a way of making a living. But is that really the business today’s U even wants to be in?

See also: Wow! U just cut sociology and other “useless” majors. Yes, hard to believe, but true. Sociology is a way of training Orwell’s Outer Party, the educated class whose control of information keep others from freedom. Of course, some U’s may be willing to co-operate with traditional work-friendly survival strategies.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The real challenge is forcing state universities to admit more in state residents. Out of state admissions pay 2 or 3x what in state students pay. What happens now is that these schools take too many out of state and foreign nationals at the expense of their own residents.

    • xavier

      Well question, do we really want the locals to go to a super crappy university that could blight young people’s prospects?
      My view is fork and replace. Create your own learning institutions that actually teach stuff and graduate students who are competent. And parents, the local community will flock there.
      We really have to wean ourselves from this mindset we need the government’s permission to learn.

      • Hard Little Machine

        Some state systems are pretty good. North Carolina for example

        • This is the kind of conversation we non-crats desperately need to have.

  • xavier

    It doesn’t really matter. Fork and replace. If the current universities and colleges refuse to teach students useful skills (like reading, writing, conducting scientific experiments honestly,etc) then students, parents and really sharp people will create their own learning institutions. Once people realize that we don’t need the government’s permission to learn, they cut off the oxygen supply

    • Frances

      As long as that piece of paper – no matter how useless the “knowledge” behind it – is a requirement for a lot of jobs, these universities will survive. Take away that requirement for a government job, or insist on a “real” degree, and you’ll see changes.