There has been a long movement in the United States to break down the barriers to college access for students. This paper will examine this movement, starting with President Truman’s Commission on Higher Education of 1947. Barriers of race, class, gender and cost are examined in some detail in addition to what was suggested to overcome them. Students from higher income families go to college and graduate at a higher rate than students from lower income families who have the same academic ability. The paper concludes that although there have been some progress on many of these issues; college cost is still a major problem today for many American students. Some solutions are offered to address this. College cost is a continuing problem, one that was first addressed by President Truman and still into the present day.
|Keywords:||College Cost, College Barriers|
Graduate Student, Education Department, Claremont Graduate University, La Verne, California, USA
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