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Friday, September 21, 2007

The Hidden Access Crisis by John B. Simpson


As some 17 million college students begin fall semester, “access” is front and center on people’s minds.
Countless reports and commentaries argue that spiraling tuition is making college less affordable, particularly citing costs in our public universities, and therefore limiting access for qualified applicants. Affordability is an important concern, to be sure.
But with so much attention drawn to college access or, more accurately, financial access, a broader, more insidious problem — let’s call it educational access — lingers in the shadows, garnering less discussion. Preserving our nation’s civic and economic health requires us to recognize, and then address, this hidden crisis.