Friday, April 21, 2017
Lit. Review #5
Carlson, Scott. “When College Was a Public Good.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 27 Nov. 2016, www.chronicle.com/article/When-College-Was-a-Public-Good/238501. Accessed 3 Apr. 2017.
In Scott Carlson's article, "When College Was a Public Good", he speaks about what has happened since the GI Bill in this country: the fact that as the population is growing more diverse with each passing day, support for efforts to make higher education easy to attain has dwindled. All starting with Ronald Reagan, pell grant cuts and hikes in tuition have been the norm over the last 40 years. After cutting a billion dollars out of pell grants, Reagan made it so that working- and lower-middle-class families would be hit the hardest; in other words, Reagan specifically wanted to make it harder on minorities to receive higher education, the pathway to upward social mobility. All through out the article, there are quotes from other scholars and statistics that prove this to be true. It is not merely coincidence. Aside from the education arena, the status of welfare is also considered, with minorities having a harder time getting it in the first place. So not only do the less affluent have a harder time with receiving higher education, but if you are also a minority, it a double whammy.
"Scott Carlson, who joined The Chronicle of Higher Education in 1999, writes about a range of issues: college management and finance, the cost and value of higher education, buildings, campus planning, energy, architecture, and sustainability. He also contributes to ideas coverage in The Chronicle Review. A former technology reporter at the Chronicle, he hosted the Tech Therapy podcast from 2007 to 2010, and he also ran the Buildings & Grounds blog with Lawrence Biemiller. Before coming to The Chronicle, Carlson worked at the Star Tribune and City Pages, both in Minneapolis, and at City Paper in Baltimore, where he wrote about arts and culture. He has also written for national magazines like the Utne Reader and Dwell, and has been a contributor to Grist, a popular site for environmental news. He has been a speaker at conferences and colleges across the United States and in Canada, talking about libraries, architecture, and sustainability. In 2006, Carlson was awarded first prize for beat reporting from the National Education Writers Association for his work covering academic libraries.