NYT names schools that help students with upward mobility

The New York Times ranked the nation’s best colleges for low-income students—and six different University of California (UC) campuses were named among the top seven schools, David Leonhardt reports.

The Times includes 179 top schools in its College Access Index , which is based on a combination of three factors: Percentage of students receiving Pell grants;

Graduation rate of students receiving Pell grants; and Net cost for low- and middle-class students. "The big challenge for American higher education is that it has to be a gateway through which talented young people can thrive, regardless of their background," says […]