ERIC Number: EJ794246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Where Do We Go from Here?: Reducing Inequities and Today's Changing Demographic
Merisotis, Jamie P.
New England Journal of Higher Education, v22 n5 p27-29 Spr 2008
In his recent speech at a Harvard commencement ceremony, Bill Gates said that "reducing inequity is the highest human achievement." He recognizes that the problems of global health in this world, the challenges of alleviating poverty and despair, and the wide disparities in educational attainment require significant investment by those with the capacity to change lives--the philanthropic sector, government, and private industry. Gates made clear that, despite his own unique experiences, he understands that higher education is critical to reducing inequities because there is clear evidence that it has enormous individual and public benefits that more than compensate for the up-front investment. These important public and private benefits of higher education represent critical pillars in the foundation of an innovative and qualified workforce, a secure economy, and a robust democracy. This article discusses some of the tremendous demographic changes that pose critical threats not only for higher education but for society as well. The author states that higher education can reduce inequities by looking at the experiences of minority-serving colleges and universities and by examining the large-scale changes taking place in higher education in other parts of the world.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Attainment, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Minority Groups, High School Graduates, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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