Duke Professor Charles Clotfelter will discuss his new book, Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity. For decades, leaders in higher education have voiced their intention to expand college education to include disadvantaged groups. In Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity, Clotfelter presents quantitative comparisons across selective and less selective colleges from the 1970s to the present, in exploration of three themes: diversity, competition, and inequality. Clotfelter shows that exclusive colleges have benefited disproportionately from America’s growing income inequality. Despite a revolution in civil rights, billions spent on financial aid, and the commitment of colleges to greater equality, stratification has grown starker. Top colleges cater largely to children of elites.
“A deeply researched, stimulating, and thoughtful analysis of the role of undergraduate education in America in sustaining the growing inequalities of our nation. A treasure trove of relevant data and careful analysis.”—Harold T. Shapiro, Princeton University
Charles T. Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies at Duke.