Dana Lawless Andric - Higher education access

Dana is exploring the answers to these questions: To whom is access to higher education granted?  Who is not accessing higher education? Should “college” be promoted for all?  What are societal & democratic implications?  If not, then how is it determined who should go to college? Given over 70 years of federal investments in promoting access and educational opportunity in higher education, why does inequity still persist in enrollment, persistence and graduation rates within particularly groups characterized by socioeconomic backgrounds; race and ethnicity; and, generational educational attainment? What are the social justice implications when institutions of higher education seek to put the onus of one’s ability to access and succeed in higher education solely on the individual without recognition of systemic barriers and embedded power structures that may work against the success of certain groups?