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Back 4 page(s) will be printed. Record: 1 It's Time to Get Angry About Underserved Students. Slaughter, John Brooks 1,2 Chronicle of Higher Education; 1/23/2009, Vol. 55 Issue 20, pA68-A68, 1p Opinion *MINORITIES -- Education (Higher) *MINORITY college students *FEDERAL aid to higher education *ACHIEVEMENT gap *EDUCATION, Higher -- Social aspects UNITED States UNITED States The article presents the author's views on the need for more support in U.S. higher education for poor and minority students. He cites the low rate of college attendance and degree completion among African- Americans and Hispanics, and says rising costs and lack of attention to underserved populations threaten U.S. preeminence in higher education. He urges citizens to put public pressure on school districts that direct too few teaching and financial resources to underperforming schools, and on universities and colleges that do not foster diversity and inclusivity. 1 President emeritus, Occidental College 2 Chancellor of the University of Maryland, College Park 1205 00095982 36326165 Academic Search Premier POINT OF VIEW It's Time to Get Angry About Underserved Students Among countless petitioners to the incoming president, higher-education leaders have sent Barack Obama position statements and requests for action that extol the strengths and accomplishments of our nation's higher-education enterprise but also warn of its increasingly dire financial situation. They have asked that a share of an impending economic-stimulus package be devoted to resolving colleges' fiscal problems through infrastructure additions and improvements, increases in the Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant programs, expansion of the federal student-loan programs, and more support for academic research. Such entreaties are all deserving of consideration and even support. But I am unconvinced that many colleges -- in particular, many research universities -- will use the infusion of capital to improve the access and education of economically disadvantaged students and underrepresented minority students, groups who are being increasingly underserved. Title: Authors: Source: Document Type: Subject Terms: Geographic Terms: Abstract: Author Affiliations: Full Text Word Count: ISSN: Accession Number: Database: Page 1 of 3 EBSCOhost 3/30/2009 http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/delivery?vid=9&hid=108&sid=7aabe3bf-125f-4725-8f45-...
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