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‘Higher education essentially preserves intergenerational racial and class inequality’: How coronavirus could make it worse

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“The inequality between the haves and the have-nots is going to grow even more.”

At the same time, the colleges that educate the bulk of students generally and low-income students and students of color in particular — community colleges, regional public colleges and historically black colleges and universities — are often strapped for funding, hampering their ability to provide for their students both academically and financially. With the economic downturn squeezing schools even further, that gap is only likely to increase.

“It seems to be this ticking time bomb for the institutions that are least well-resourced,” said Mark Huelsman, associate director of policy and research at Demos, a left-leaning think tank. “The inequality between the haves and the have-nots is going to grow even more.”

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