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The Problem with Affirmative Action

Natasha Warikoo (Harvard University)

Stories of massive student debt and for-profit school scams make it clear that the post-secondary system can be an unfriendly place to many disadvantaged students. But how are America’s universities and colleges hoping to use their institutions to reduce inequality? Natasha Warikoo studies how elite universities’ arguments for affirmative action can reinforce prejudiced assumptions about race.

15 mins

Why We Need HBCUs

Marybeth Gasman (University of Pennsylvania)

President Trump has spoken recently about reducing the already limited funds given to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Marybeth Gasman explains why we still need HBCUs.

13 mins

The Student Debt Divide

Jason Houle (Dartmouth College)

Student loan numbers have skyrocketed in recent years, but some groups of students are affected more than others. Jason Houle explains how the burden of student debt follows the same social divides that much else does: race and class.

12 mins

The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges

Stephanie Cellini (George Washington University)

Stephanie Cellini studies the rise and fall of for-profit colleges and universities. She says they often take advantage of the students who are most in need of a leg up.

12 mins

This is part four of a six-part series. To view all episodes in the series, click here.

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