Tagged with race/ethnicity

When a Privileged Scholar Tries to Examine Privilege

About a year ago, a colleague posted a Facebook status update that linked to “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education,” by William Deresiewicz, an essay that was a few years old back then. I clicked on the link and read. Deresiewicz’s writing is lucid and interrogating, his essays have gone viral and he has just … Continue reading

U.S. Higher-Education System Perpetuates White Privilege

Colleges and universities have succeeded in attracting more underrepresented-minority students, but that increased access for black and Hispanic students has been accompanied by increasing campus polarization on the basis of race and ethnicity, says a report released on Wednesday by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce. The result, it says, is a system … Continue reading

U.S. Bachelor Degree Rate Passes Milestone

More than 30 percent of American adults hold bachelor’s degrees, a first in the nation’s history, and women are on the brink of surpassing men in educational attainment, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday. The figures reflect an increase in the share of the population going to college that began in the mid-1990s, after a … Continue reading

Class-Based Policies Are Not a Remedy for Racial Inequality

The election of Barack Obama seemed a harbinger of a postracial society, a powerful embodiment of a new, colorblind ethos, providing evidence that America had finally shed its racial baggage. For many people, the Obamas illustrated the argument that middle-class and affluent blacks had no need of race-based consideration and should be judged without regard … Continue reading

Male Students of Color From Different Backgrounds Face Similar Hurdles

They come from different cultural backgrounds, but male students of color, of any race, often face the same challenges in college. That’s what the authors of a College Board report released on Monday, “The Educational Experience of Young Men of Color,” concluded from interviews with and data collected from 92 male college and high-school students across the … Continue reading

Mixed-Race Students Wonder How Many Boxes to Check

Multiracial students confess to spending sleepless nights worrying about how best to answer the race question on college applications. Some say they wonder whether their answers will be perceived as gamesmanship or a reflection of reality. Aia Sarycheva, 18, whose father is from Sudan and mother is from Russia, will go to Yale next year … Continue reading

On College Forms, a Question of Race, or Races, Can Perplex

At the beginning of the college application season last fall, Natasha Scott, a high school senior of mixed racial heritage in Beltsville, Md., vented about a personal dilemma on College Confidential, the go-to electronic bulletin board for anonymous conversation about admissions. “I just realized that my race is something I have to think about,” she … Continue reading