As inequity rises in the United States, absolute mobility—the extent to which children are economically better-off than their parents—is declining. Recent literature suggests that higher education institutions will continue to play an important role in intergenerational mobility, leading more students to return to school for up-skilling and hopes of high-earning jobs. However, there is large variation across higher learning institutions, both in their enrollment of low-income students as well as the success of their students in achieving high-earnings as adults. The Brookings Institution examines the role that colleges play in promoting upward mobility, pointing to significant variation across higher learning institutions in their enrollment of low-income students as well as the success of their students in achieving high-earnings as adults.
HERE to HERE looks to long-standing organizations like Brookings Institution and others in the field to better inform our work of championing all young people and redefining the systems that unfairly burden Black and Brown students as they pursue their career ambitions.Download Brookings-Institute_Opportunity-Engines_Final.pdf