Kate Feeney, a graduate student at Iowa State University, contacted me earlier this week. For a class project, she was soliciting answers to the following question:
What does access to higher education mean to you?
I took the better part of a day to think about it before responding. What a great question — and something we talked about a lot in graduate school, but maybe haven’t given as much consideration to since graduating. My response to Kate:
To me, college access is about making higher education accessible and affordable to people from diverse populations, including but not limited to ethnic, racial and socioeconomic differences. It does not mean providing college education to everyone; rather, it provides means for everyone who wants to pursue the opportunity. Access and success are often confused in higher education — access provides the opportunity; it’s up to students to build success.
How would you answer Kate’s question?