The California State college systems were the only colleges that I’d been able to afford or even get into for me. Full-time employment while hitting college these working colleges are the lifeblood of California. This report shows the data and how these state colleges all over the country are propelling low-income students into middle class.
As Ray Davies once sang “everyone needs an education” it still applies today.
Yes, the universities that educate students from modest backgrounds face big challenges, particularly state budget cuts. But many of them are performing much better than their new stereotype suggests. They remain deeply impressive institutions that continue to push many Americans into the middle class and beyond — many more, in fact, than elite colleges that receive far more attention.
Where does this optimistic conclusion come from? The most comprehensive study of college graduates yet conducted, based on millions of anonymous tax filings and financial-aid records. Published Wednesday, the study tracked students from nearly every college in the country (including those who failed to graduate), measuring their earnings years after they left campus. The paper is the latest in a burst of economicresearch made possible by the availability of huge data sets and powerful computers.
I could throw up quite a few quotes from this excellent article but I’d suggest reading the whole piece.