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WSSU Chancellor: Student success key to social, economic mobility

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Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson Winston-Salem State University Not all college rankings are created equal. Many national rankings reward universities for their selectivity or focus on metrics like reputation, recognizing universities that spend more money to game the system.

Over the years, universities like Winston-Salem State University, which serve a large number of minorities, low-income, and first generation students, were left out.

Fortunately, over the past decade, a few college rankings have emerged that evaluate the outcomes of universities, such as whether students find jobs after graduation or whether they move up economically.These rankings are far more important to me as Chancellor.For […]

Reaction to $18.7 Billion BP Settlement

A senior policy maker with the Gulf Restoration Network said the $18.7 billion settlement between BP and the Gulf Coast states is a ‘good start’ but not enough to restore the coast after the 2010 oil spill. (July 2)

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For Low-Income Students, Public Colleges Are The Ivy League For Economic Mobility

Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash)

closemore Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash) Like what you read here? Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter .

I agree with Ronald Reagan that the best social program is a job for those who can work. If that’s true, the second best social program is a college education that prepares people for those jobs. It’s really good news, then, that our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up […]

House votes to steer most BP oil spill settlement money to the Panhandle


The Florida House voted unanimously Thursday to direct two-thirds of the $400 million the state is due from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster to the worst-affected counties in the Panhandle.

HB 7077 requires 75 percent of all payments that Florida receives from the settlement agreement between the five gulf states and BP be transferred from the general fund to the Triumph Gulf Coast Trust Fund.

“This disaster took money out of the hands of families and hard-working small busineses in the Pahnhandle,” said Jay Trumbill , a Panama City Republican who was one of a number of […]

Are Michigan colleges serving as engines of economic mobility?

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I’m generally not a fan of measuring a college’s value by the incomes of their graduates. If a high proportion of a school’s alumni enter a lower-paid field like social work, I don’t think this should count against the college. In addition, simply looking at salary data ignores the significant non-pecuniary benefits of getting a college degree.

That said, a set of data on earnings by college released last month from economist Raj Chetty and others – who’ve published a series of recent studies documenting mobility and opportunity in America – is worth paying attention to. Their data is interesting […]

Where the American Dream Lives and Dies


An intersection in Otero County, Ohio, which was hit hard during the recession. Rags-to-riches stories , like Benjamin Franklin’s , have always captured the American imagination. They feed the narrative of the American Dream—that from humble beginnings, a scrappy, hardworking person can become prosperous, and afford opportunities his or her parents did not have. Through booms and recessions, people have bought into this myth .

The problem is: The American Dream lives and dies at the local level. Harvard economist Raj Chetty has shown that conditions in our neighborhoods are really what shape our ability to escape poverty and determine […]

For Low-Income Students, Public Colleges Are The Ivy League For Economic Mobility

Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash)

closemore Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash) Like what you read here? Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter .

I agree with Ronald Reagan that the best social program is a job for those who can work. If that’s true, the second best social program is a college education that prepares people for those jobs. It’s really good news, then, that our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up […]

For Low-Income Students, Public Colleges Are The Ivy League For Economic Mobility

Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash)

closemore Our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up the economic ladder than experts realized, writes Rich Barlow. But President Trump has no plan to support them. (Faustin Tuyambaze/Unsplash) Like what you read here? Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter .

I agree with Ronald Reagan that the best social program is a job for those who can work. If that’s true, the second best social program is a college education that prepares people for those jobs. It’s really good news, then, that our public universities and colleges are better at getting low-income students up […]

No, iPhones Aren’t Luxury Items. They’re Economic Necessities


Apple To make it in America, you have to hustle. Fast-food worker or CEO, Uber driver or student, you have to stay connected in an economy built on the assumption that anyone is always reachable anywhere. In 2017, that means you need a smartphone.

When Apple released the iPhone in 2007, the world understood it as a gadget, a novelty, a cool thing you plunked down a handful of cash for if you were lucky enough to have the money. Then you just needed to figure out what to do with it. At first the answer was: play games and […]

Income inequality in america essay

income inequality in america essay

The size of that wealth divide is sobering: the median African American household’s net worth is only $7,113, according to the Census Bureau, while the comparable figure for white households is $111,740.4 As we consider what it is going to take to close the wealth divide, it is useful first to understand and acknowledge the level of resources it took to create it in the first place.Before researching this project we came up with factors that we perceived to be major factors causing income inequality.According to this method coefficient varies between 0 and 100; while 0 represents complete equality […]