Changing Class: Are Colleges Helping Americans Move Up? (APM Fall Education Documentaries)

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Patrick Hughes of Queens, New York, is the son of Jamaican immigrants and an example of Stony Brook University’s success launching low-income students into profitable careers. 

If you want to move up in America, go to college. That’s the advice people get. And there’s loads of evidence that a college degree will improve economic prospects. But a new project by economists shows that some colleges are doing a much better job than others on promoting social mobility. We visit a college coming to terms with its own role in perpetuating class divides and another that has long been a “mobility maker” – but is struggling to stay that way.

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