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Who’s Driving This Thing, Anyway? A Look at Colleges and Upward Economic Mobility in North Carolina

Who’s Driving This Thing, Anyway? A Look at Colleges and Upward Economic Mobility in North Carolina

The results of a new study by the Equality of Opportunity Project, however, suggest that while elite institutions provide increased chances of becoming rich as an adult, the largest share of students who move from the bottom to the top of the income bracket actually attended mid-tier, public institutions. The research explores links between college attendance and intergenerational mobility and finds that colleges rarely have both high rates of access to low-income students and high rates of postsecondary earnings success.