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US Knows its College Spending Gap

VU International News and Reviews No. 110 April 9 2018

April 2018

The Center for American Progress has published a report on Gaps in College Spending Shortchange Students of Color. While inequities in the primary and secondary school system in the US are already well researched, this report claims to be one of the first analyzing the same issue at postsecondary education.

It finds that on average, education spending at public colleges is more than $ 1000 less for black and Latino students than it is for white students, adding up to a spending gap of 5 billion dollars a year. In 2015, California spent 26% more to educate a white student attending college than it did to educate a black college student—a $3,000 difference per student.

One wonders how the situation is in European countries with substantial minority populations, like the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France. Probably the saddening answer is that we don’t know. Regulations meant to protect our privacy actually make it hard to see that we may have quite as large problems as they do in the US.

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