Playing the College Access Game

January 18, 2023

If you’ve ever played Monopoly, you know that Baltic Avenue and Park Place are worlds apart. If college admissions were a board game, the first rule would be that everyone starts from a different place on the board. There is no “Go”. The college applications process, which often creates a sense of overwhelm for even…

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The Gears of College Access: a Postmodern Approach for Advocates and Allies

October 4, 2022

While working on my dissertation last year, I considered dozens of theoretical frameworks as they pertain to the field of college access research, and settled on a single paradigm that made perfect sense: postmodernism. This article was created for academics who care about higher education access. It explains how a postmodern awareness and approach can…

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What Do We Mean When We Speak of “College Access”?

August 22, 2022

In order to think effectively about much-needed systemic change related to college access in America, let’s first ensure that each of us as stakeholders means the same thing by the words and phrases we are using to describe the problem. To that end, the following information sets up a framework for examination. This edition is…

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Whether They Go to College or Not”

February 22, 2022

“Whether they go to college or not.” With those seven little words, President Biden marked a clear shift in higher education rhetoric in his 2023 State of the Union Address. However, he did more than emphasize work over education, with that phrase preceded by “let’s offer every American the path to a good career”. He…

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The Great Lie of Higher Education

December 21, 2021

In recent higher education news, President Biden has recommended that the federal government underwrite free community college for all U.S. students. As reported by Inside Higher Ed, his American Families Plan would allocate $109 billion for two years of free community college “so that every student has the ability to obtain a degree or certificate.” Unfortunately, the reality is that…

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