College Dropout Boom Questions
- What was Andy Blevins doing in the summer of 1995?
b. Where had he been before taking the job at the supermarket warehouse?
c. What was his wage? How did it compare with that of his parents?
d. What decision was he faced with after he started working?
e. What is one of the largest and fastest-growing groups of young adults in America?
f. What statistic about Americans in the mid-20's has shown a marked change?
g. Why has the American system of higher learning been considered "a great equalizer"?
h. According to the article, what effect does economic advantage appear to have on graduation rates?
i. What trend did the Department of Education discover in a recent study?
j. How action has Lawrence H. Summers taken in response to the news of a widening gap between rich and poor students?
k. How are poor and working-class students faring in a climate wherein more people are earning college degrees?
l. Why does a college education seem to matter more now than it once did?
m. How has the trend in economic mobility changed over the last generation?
n. In what ways are colleges increasingly diverse? In what ways are they not?
o. How do you interpret the "joke" about diversity at Harvard?
p. What effect might a person's upbringing have on his or her expectations concerning college?
q. What disparity in income can be seen between a college graduate and a non-graduate?
r. What are some of the barriers to higher education for students from low-income families?
s. How has the University of Virginia attempted to help students from low-income families?
t. What steps is Leanna Blevins taking to help students from low-income families?
u. What effect has affirmative action had on college admissions?
v. What changes to the affirmative action policy have been proposed?
w. How does Mr. Blevins describe the positive and negative aspects of his life?
x. In what ways is the "conventional wisdom" about equality in education "not quite right"?
y. What challenges do colleges faces in determining how or whether to help students from low-income families?
z. What decision is Mr. Blevins facing, and what action has he taken so far?