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Diversity Digest Volume 10, Number 2

Diversity Digest
Volume 10,
Number 2

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Institutional Leadership and Commitment
Diversity and Learning: “A Defining Moment”
Institutional Diversity in a New Nation: Lessons Lived, Lessons Learned
The Pedagogy of Sentipensante: Recasting Institutional Core Agreements
Transforming Our Institutions for the Twenty-first Century: The Role of the Chief Diversity Officer
Creating Institutional Transformation Using the Equity Scorecard
Curricular Transformation
Service Learning, Multicultural Education, and the Core Curriculum:
A Model for Institutional Change
Drop It Like It’s Hot! Hip-Hop in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom
A Sustainable Campus-Wide Program for Diversity Curriculum Infusion
Campus-Community Involvement
El Camino Real: Where Culture and Academia Meet
Faculty Involvement
Advancing Diversity through a Framework of Intersectionality: Inclusion of LGBT Issues in Higher Education
Transitioning on Campus: Creating a Welcoming Climate for Transgender People
Complicating Diversity Categories: Jewish Identity in the Classroom
Student Experience
Dealing with Student Resistance: Sources and Strategies
Beyond Tourism: Race, Space, and National Identity in London
Graduate and Professional Degree Attainment for Students of Color
Affordability of Postsecondary Education for Students of Color
Diversity and Learning Resources

Affordability of Postsecondary Education for Students of Color

Citing several recent reports, including that of the Spellings Commission on the future of Higher Education, the authors of Postsecondary Education Opportunity identify a “crisis” in affordability of U.S. higher education. The lack of college affordability typically affects students whose parents are in the bottom half of the income distribution. Consequently, it adversely affects students of color in disproportionate numbers.

By analyzing data gathered for the 2004 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, Postsecondary Education Opportunity found that “collectively minorities [were] 29.4 percent of the full-time, full-year, single institution, dependent undergraduate students in 2003–2004. But they bore 45.3 percent of the unmet need burden.” Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance and the family’s expected contribution; unmet need is the amount of financial need not met through grants, loans, work studies, etc. The report details the relationship between race/ethnicity, income, and college affordability through charts and textual analysis.

Postsecondary Education Opportunity attributes the disparity between need and assistance to state, federal, and institutional policies that disregard both the needs of individuals and the United States’ economic future. The authors indict these policies for their discriminatory effects and call for policies that make education available to all.

For the full report, see “College Affordability by Race/Ethnicity and Family Income 1990 to 2004,” Postsecondary Education Opportunity 172 (October 2006).

To obtain a copy of this report, visit www.postsecondary.org.

Questions, comments, and suggested resources should be directed to campbell@aacu.org.
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