March 5, 2018

Reimagining Educational Practices | Hector Bustos

By analyzing the US News Ranking, 2018 Best National Universities website, I wasn’t surprised to find that the most prestigious and most expensive schools were ranked at the very top. These are schools that charge close to $50,000 on tuition alone, not including room, board, and other expenses. These highly prestigious and well known schools such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, University of Chicago are all the universities that everyone wants to get into when they are growing up.

As students starting off our educational careers in high school, we don’t really know what these colleges have to offer but we know that we want to go there because everyone talk about them. The discussions about these schools always involve their rigorous yet rewarding academia or their championship winning college football teams, but what is always left out in these conversations is the price that comes along with attending one of these highly ranked schools. For many students, the choice of even going to one of these schools is a long shot because they are extremely expensive. Unless you are given a generous amount of financial aid or your family has the money to afford one of these institutions, your chances of going to one of these schools is extremely slim, that is if you don’t want to fall into major student debt.

These rankings have placed a value on these schools and have placed a rank on the quality of education one gets by attending one school over another. Therefore, a stereotype is placed on certain groups of people. The majority of the time, and seen all over college campuses in America, the majority of the student population is white. That is because white people usually have more opportunities or a higher socioeconomic status than people of color. For this reason, the people that attend these top universities are classified as well educated, while people of color who were granted admission into these universities but could not attend because of the financial burden that comes with attending one of these universities.

Less advantaged communities do not always have the proper and necessary tools to even get to college, that is why the high school drop out rate in poor communities is so high. In most cases, these communities are also the homes to people of color. There is little motivation in most less advantaged communities because of the systematic oppression that has been placed on the lives of people of color. The few who do want to go to college and exceed the expectations placed on them will find a way to get to one of these top universities but they must face the burden of having to take out student loans in order to pay for the education that they desire.

References:

2018 Best National Universities, US News Rankings, retrieved from

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities?school-name=University+of+San+Francisco

World University Rankings 2018, Times Higher Education, retrieved from

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/world-university-rankings-2018-quality-any-language

 

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