Webinar: Critical Data: Understanding Inequity of Baccalaureate Degree Attainment

October 10 at 1:00 pm ET

About the Webinar

Join us for a webinar by YWM Associate member Tom Mortenson to discuss his latest analysis, “Estimated Baccalaureate Degree Attainment by Age 24 by Family Income Quartiles: 1970 to 2016.” Using this Pell Institute report, Tom will provide data and explanation to support the troubling fact of continued disparity over time in access to, persistence in, and graduation from college for low-income individuals. These are more than just numbers; they are evidence of continuing inequity across the education system, of the need for the work being done by Yes We Must schools, and the need to do more on our campuses and at the state and federal policy level.

About the Presenter

Thomas G. Mortenson is a Senior Scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. and an independent higher education policy analyst.

Tom’s policy research focuses on opportunity for postsecondary education and training and the ways public policy fosters or impedes access to that opportunity. He has special concern for populations that are under-represented in higher education. His studies have addressed academic and financial preparation for college, access, choice, persistence, attainment, and labor force entry of college graduates. He is particularly interested in public and private finance of higher education opportunity and the enrollment consequences of the cost-shift from taxpayers to students that has been underway since 1980. He has been employed in policy research and budget analysis roles for the University of Minnesota, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Scholarship Commission, and the American College Testing Program.

Currently, Tom is editor and publisher of Postsecondary Education Opportunity (PEO), a monthly research newsletter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics, sociology, history, politics and economics of educational opportunity after high school. He provides consulting services on higher educational opportunity policy to state and national organizations, and makes presentations on opportunity throughout the country.

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