‘Poor colleges need to get richer’ argues UW–Madison’s Hillman in USA Today op-ed

UW–Madison’s Nick Hillman authored an opinion piece for USA Today that is titled, “Poor colleges need to get richer to put low-income students on a path to success.”

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Hillman is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and the director of the Student Success through Applied Research (SSTAR) lab.

In the op-ed, Hillman argues that policymakers should address the “stark inequality” in colleges’ financial resources by investing in broad-access institutions, which serve a large proportion of low-income students and students of color, in order to build up these schools.

In reality, while broad-access institutions that admit most applicants enroll far more students than selective institutions, including 75 percent of the nation’s lowest-income students, selective institutions — which fewer than one in 10 American students attend — have far more money, Hillman says.

“Highly selective private research universities spend as much as $75,000 to educate a single student,” notes Hillman. Meanwhile, “Per-student spending among the poorest-funded colleges — broad access institutions — does not reach even a third of that amount in any sector.” he adds.

“This is fundamentally unfair, and it is our nation’s low-income students and students of color who are most affected by this inequality.”

Hillman’s piece was based on the results of a report he authored for the think tank Third Way, which looks at which students are enrolling at what colleges, and how much their colleges are spending on their education.

Learn more by reading Hillman’s op-ed at usatoday.com, here.