ERIC Number: ED046346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct-8
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Beyond the Threshold: Changing Patterns of Access to Higher Education.
O'Neil, Robert M.
There are many barriers to equal access in higher education: finances, selective admissions policies, race, and geography. Though some intensive efforts have been made to recruit minority students, the situation is not much better now than it was 20 years ago. The American higher education system has grown rapidly, but the demands on education have increased even faster. Most institutions have become more selective, and this has produced sharp stratification between levels. Much of the increase in minority group enrollment is accounted for in community colleges, the minority share among freshmen being much higher than among upper classmen. The future of governmental support for minority student programs is in doubt, and there is some uncertainty whether recent trends really reflect net enrollment change or simply describe the reallocation of a static student population, i.e. more blacks in previously all-white schools and more whites in previously all-black schools. Geography is becoming a barrier with private, prestigious institutions seeking national distribution of student populations, and the public schools limiting out-of-state enrollment. Financial considerations may force the private institutions to accept the in-state student with a state scholarship over the out-of-state student who needs financial support from the college. Legal considerations may force the public institutions to eliminate the quotas on out-of-state students. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Speech before the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Council on Education, St. Louis, Missouri