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The Class Ceiling in Higher Education: Policies and practices that perpetuate class-based inequality

Monday, Jan 28, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST
ILC 315Map Location

TEACHING AND LEARNING SPOTLIGHT--Please bring your lunch and join us for this event!

This session counts toward the BUILD Certificate Program - find more information about BUILD here.

College degree attainment by working-class, low income students is touted as a path toward upward mobility and a strategy to address increasing demand for an educated workforce. Unfortunately, the significant gap that exists in enrollment and degree attainment of low income students has not improved since 1970’s, while at the same time middle class degree completion has risen (National Education Longitudinal Study, 2008).  Research on college student success indicates that students who are socially and academically integrated in college (live on campus, join clubs or student organizations, have meaningful relationships with faculty, etc.) are more likely to graduate. Therefore, success strategies have focused on helping working class students assimilate and integrate in the middle-class college culture and expectations of resources.  However, working class low income students may not have the time, money or interest to be the “ideal” student that higher education sells and has commodified.

This interactive session highlights findings from a mixed-method study (student interviews, institutional data, and observations) to illuminate the policies and practices that construct the CLASS Ceiling.  The Class Ceiling creates the illusion of success while constructing barriers for working class, low income students to succeed in college.

Facilitated by Sharon Paterson (Sociology)