Sociology of education

College affordability has become a frequent topic of conversation—in academic research, in politics, in schools, and in households.

a. In the excerpt we read from “Paying the Price”, author Sara Goldrick-Rab outlines several key components of the financial aid system. In your own words, identify the main argument in this excerpt. From a student perspective, do you agree with this argument? Why or why not?

b. Next, let’s take a closer look at higher education data.

Select one of the figures/tables/charts presented in Baum & Johnson’s “Financing Public Higher Education” report and briefly summarize the data or trend that it displays. What are the sociological implications of this data/trend?
Similarly, the NYTimes piece shows that there is socioeconomic variation across colleges & universities. Select one of the figures/tables/charts in the NYTimes article and briefly summarize the data or trend that it displays.

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