ERIC Number: EJ858354
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 0
Bottom Line: Education Is the Great Equalizer. Or Is It?
Marina, Brenda L. H.; Holmes, Nickole D.
About Campus, v14 n3 p29-32 Jul-Aug 2009
The American Higher Education System plays a crucial role in determining and perpetuating the inequalities in wealth, power, and social class in the society. It does so by serving as the gatekeeper to middle- and upper-class status. According to Lisa Tsui, higher education inherited this function when positions of power and privilege became increasingly dictated by the possession of diplomas and certificates instead of ancestry. Education affords opportunities for an improved everyday life--for example, health and well-being. Education also strongly affects economic growth of both individuals and of the greater society. The benefits and influence of higher education on social groups is a recurring theme throughout "The Chronicle of Higher Education," especially the impact that higher education can have on low-income populations. This article discusses how the issue of social inequalities affects higher education professionals. The authors explore obstacles to access to higher education that mar the American education system.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Role of Education, Social Class, Social Mobility, Economic Progress, Education Work Relationship, Opportunities, Access to Education, Barriers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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