Aired: February 15, 2020

Social Mobility Through College



  • Are Scholarships Enough? (12 min.)

    With: Scott Jaschik (Inside Higher Ed)

    One of the great American beliefs is that a college education gives us a better shot at moving up in life. But Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, says social mobility has stalled and we should expand access to those universities admitting the largest numbers of low income students.

  • A Struggle Every Day (6 min.)

    With: Lelia Bradshaw (Mountain Empire Community College) and Rachelle Thompson (NOVA)

    Helping students succeed sometimes means support outside of the classroom. Lelia Bradshaw and Rachelle Thompson share what community colleges are doing to help keep students in school and on track to success.

  • Opportunity University (9 min.)

    With: Makola Abdullah

    Virginia State University President Makola Abdullah is fighting for more resources for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the higher education landscape to create social mobility for all students.

  • The Student Debt Divide (12 min.)

    With: 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.

  • The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges (12 min.)

    With: 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.



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