Barriers to Higher Education: From 1947 to the Present

By Randal Stepp.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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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

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.127-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 730.016KB).

Randal Stepp

Graduate Student, Education Department, Claremont Graduate University, La Verne, California, USA

I have been an English as a Second Language teacher for about 15 years. I have taught in three Asian countries as well as in California. Currently I am a student in the PhD in Education department at Claremont Graduate University. I plan on doing my dissertation on culture based education, but I am also interested in issues involving barriers to higher education and language acquisition issues. I will be presenting a paper on the Asian model minority myth at the ICERI conference in Madrid, Spain in November 2010. I have also won a research award on my paper “Fostering Bicultural Education in Immigrant Youth”.


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