[Marxism] BMW's "are everywhere"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Apr 22 07:35:23 MDT 2004


NY Times, April 22, 2004
As Wealthy Fill Top Colleges, New Efforts to Level the Field
By DAVID LEONHARDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — At prestigious universities around the country, from 
flagship state colleges to the Ivy League, more and more students from 
upper-income families are edging out those from the middle class, 
according to university data.

The change is fast becoming one of the biggest issues in higher education.

More members of this year's freshman class at the University of Michigan 
have parents making at least $200,000 a year than have parents making 
less than the national median of about $53,000, according to a survey of 
Michigan students. At the most selective private universities across the 
country, more fathers of freshmen are doctors than are hourly workers, 
teachers, clergy members, farmers or members of the military — combined.

Experts say the change in the student population is a result of both 
steep tuition increases and the phenomenal efforts many wealthy parents 
put into preparing their children to apply to the best schools. It is 
easy to see here, where BMW 3-series sedans are everywhere and students 
pay up to $800 a month to live off campus, enough to rent an entire 
house in parts of Michigan.

full: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/22/education/22COLL.html

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