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ERIC Number: ED498953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Birthright. Carnegie Perspectives
Bacchetti, Ray
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Noting that it is easy, especially for those inside higher education, to take it for granted, the writer notes that none of his grandparents had the opportunity to go to college, let alone graduate. Among parents, aunts and uncles, a single bachelor's degree was earned. It was the next two generations, benefited by the GI Bill, the subsequent knowledge explosion, and some luck, that caught the wave of opportunity afforded by higher education. Bacchetti notes, however, that while educational aspirations may remain high, many American families today cannot look forward to the same upward spiral. Three years ago, it was estimated that at least 250,000 prospective students were shut out of higher education due to rising tuition or cutbacks in admissions and course offering and nothing suggests that the number will shrink in the normal course of events. Education is irreversible, advocates the writer: having tasted the pleasure and hard work of learning, the joy of knowledge, one cannot imagine life without it. The education of any enriches all. On the front edge of a new century, the task before the nation is to make sure that young people get the opportunity to attend and complete college.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Menlo Park, CA.