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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Look Beyond the Names

Why do minority students fare better at certain schools and flounder at others? Some institutions believe it’s just a matter of selectivity; less qualified students jeopardize their graduation track records. Consequently, some schools assume that raising admission requirements will help resolve the problem.

The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education strongly rejects that mind-set. In the report Demography Is Not Destiny: Increasing the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students at Large Public Universities, the institute concluded that the solution is not to become more selective. In its examination of large public universities, it discovered that some of the schools with more exclusive admission ...

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