Most of America’s select institutions of higher education are straining to find a sustained path to diversity. But according to a new study released by Georgetown University, they are failing.
In fact, the study concludes that the system is becoming more polarized racially, with African-American and Hispanic students settling for community colleges and those without access restrictions.
Far more students graduate from the top 468 colleges and universities than those who attend the open-access, two- and four-year institutions. The result of that is a total of $2.1 million edge in lifetime earnings.
The report stated that graduates of the select schools earn an average of $67,000 a year a decade after they graduate, which is $18,000 more than those who are from nonselective schools.