The Pell Institute publishes research and analyses that address equal educational opportunity, particularly the outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. Additional publications include occasional papers, policy briefs, and an electronic newsletter.
Widening Participation in Higher Education in the United States of America (.pdf)
“Education, beyond all other devices of human origin is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.” Horace Mann, 19th Century American Educator.
The U.S. has a core constitutional and founding commitment to equality of opportunity for all citizens and the first official mission of the U.S. Department of Education was simply stated as to “ensure equal access to education”. Reflecting increased emphasis on concern with academic achievement and competitiveness levels, this mission statement was revised in 2005 under the Republican Bush Administration to “promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access”.
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