Bailey’s work cited on growing income disparities in college enrollment and graduation
This story looks at research by Martha Bailey and Susan Dynarski on income inequality in higher education. They compared the educational attainment of those born 1961-1964 to those born 1979-1982, by family income. In the latter group, they found that while 80% of 19 year olds from the top quartile of household income enrolled in college, only 29% of the those from the lowest income quartile did so. Worse still, graduation rates were lower among the poorer group — 32% of the bottom quartile students compared to 68% of the top quartile students.