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Sep 16, 2019

Anthony “Tony” Jack, Harvard professor and author of “The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students” talks with ACE hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa about his own experience as a poor, but privileged, student and why getting into college is not the last hurdle students like him face at elite colleges and other institutions.

Jack offers unique solutions to challenges like food insecurity, social isolation, and something he calls the “hidden curriculum.”

Our hosts then talk about some recent higher ed news such as HBCU Week and a new report criticizing a recent fix to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:
The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students by Anthony Jack

I Was a Low-income College Student. Classes Weren’t the Hard Part,” The New York Times Magazine

Government Accountability Report – Public Service Loan Forgiveness: Improving the Temporary Expanded Process Could Help Reduce Borrower Confusion


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Lorelle Espinosa is ACE’s vice president for research, where she is responsible for developing the association’s thought leadership and research agenda.

Jon Fansmith represents ACE and its members on issues related to the federal budget and appropriations process, with a particular focus on student aid.

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