American Talent Initiative Seeks Greater Access for Low-Income Students

(Image: iStock.com/FatCamera) I remember a few years ago reading about the significance of socioeconomic status in college admissions. Research had shown that low-income students who scored high on the SAT were less likely to apply to college than high-income students who had scored lower. I’ve also read about how early low-income graduates of KIPP charter schools who had done well in high school floundered in college, even to the point of dropping out. (KIPP has since sought to provide additional support to its graduates and has instituted KIPP Through College.) It isn’t just native intelligence that makes a person succeed in college. The American Talent Initiative Taking on the goal of providing talented, lower-income students greater access to colleges and universities that have the highest graduation rates, the American Talent Initiative brings together 30+ public and private institutions to “attract,...

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