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Giancola, Jennifer; Kahlenberg, Richard D. – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2016
The admissions process used today in America's most selective colleges and universities is a classic case of interest group politics gone awry. Nobody champions or fights for smart, low-income students. The result is an admissions process reduced to a series of "preferences." Taken together with other widely-used admissions practices,…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Access to Education, Merit Scholarships, Colleges
Plucker, Jonathan; Giancola, Jennifer; Healey, Grace; Arndt, Daniel; Wang, Chen – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, 2015
Year after year, in every state and community in our nation, students from low-income families are less likely than other students to reach advanced levels of academic performance, even when demonstrating the potential to do so. These income-based "excellence gaps" appear in elementary school and continue through high school. It is a…
Descriptors: Gifted, Talent Development, Low Income Students, High Achievement