First in a series on the adversities experienced by low-income students in both secondary and postsecondary education.
By Dr. Paul DeVries
It has long been accepted that tertiary education is a necessary endeavor for both students and society, and though tuition is increasingly becoming more expensive, remuneration and life opportunities continue to outweigh the initial fiscal investment.
In contemporary society, one that has shifted from a production- to knowledge-based construct, postsecondary education and degree attainment is now almost requisite for matriculation from lower- to upper-socioeconomic classes. This is a sentiment supported by President Barack Obama, who through the Graduation Initiative 2020 sought to increase college graduation by 50% by 2020. Unfortunately, the current postsecondary framework prohibits open and equitable access, and one that is largely delineated by socioeconomic class.