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The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities$
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Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190251918

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251918.001.0001

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The Evolutionary Future

The Evolutionary Future

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The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities

Robert B. Archibald

Oxford University Press

The higher education system is resilient. Disruption is not around the corner. Yet the future is not secure. There has been a growing bifurcation of the system into a set of well-resourced institutions that serve families with means and a group of underresourced institutions that serve the bulk of the nation’s underprivileged students. The schools most at risk are nonselective public institutions and financially weaker small private colleges. This chapter describes how the turbulence buffeting the higher education system is likely to play out among our diverse higher education institutions, and how this may affect social mobility in the future.

Keywords:   state flagship, tuition discount, private giving, endowment, graduate programs, tenure, shared programs, undermatching

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