Higher Education & Poverty

Higher Education & Poverty This installment of OpEducation is timed to coincide with Education Week's coverage of the War on Poverty's 50th anniversary. The editors asked four writers to respond to the following statement:

Have federal programs launched as part of the War on Poverty made a difference in getting disadvantaged students into and through college? What revisions, if any, do those programs need to make them more effective today?

Read responses from John Gomperts of America's Promise Alliance; Read responses from Chris Hampton of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn.; José Luis Santos of the Education Trust; and Cheryl L. Smith of UNCF.

Gomperts: Since the end of World War II, the nation has recognized that investing in people going to college is central to opening the doors of opportunity.

Santos: Because Pell grant spending has not kept pace with the rapid rise in college costs, more low-income students go to two-year colleges or low-cost institutions where they are less likely to graduate.

Chris Hampton: I live the dividends of the Upward Bound investment and want so much for all of my students to experience those opportunities.

Smith: A greater investment in Pell Grants and other need-based student scholarships that are proven to increase degree completion is essential.


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