Equal Opportunity Project Study  Shows Public Universities Provide Pathways Out of Poverty!

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Dear Commons Community,

The Equal Opportunity Project, a collaboration of scholars housed at Stanford University, has just completed a study on the impact of a college education based on students’ family income.  Their data illustrate the role of public universities such as Cal State, SUNY, and CUNY have had on helping individuals climb out of poverty (see example above).     Published yesterday, the study tracked students from nearly every college in the country (including those who failed to graduate), measuring their earnings years after they left campus. The paper is the latest in a burst of economic research made possible by the availability of huge data sets. The New York Times has provided a website where you can look up the data for any college.


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