Monday, October 03, 2011

Undocumented students

The Associated Press has a very good article on the issue of states granting in-state tuition for undocumented students.  In the absence of the DREAM Act or some similar reform, they can get a very good education and then be ineligible to get a job.  The article also makes the point that although there is some research about the rise of enrollment after in-state tuition is granted, there seems to be nothing about the post-graduation status of the undocumented students.

This is a problem, because the question of attending college too often is framed as an end in itself.  Without a pathway to legal residency, however, it is really more of a means to the end of an well-educated, legal workforce.  Without that end, these students are just in a holding pattern, waiting for federal action.


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