Working-Class Students Undervalued At Colleges Nationwide?

11/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's hard to spot one of the most underrepresented minority groups at many four-year colleges: students and faculty members from the working class.

Efforts to promote campus diversity have tended to gloss over them, focusing instead on members of racial and ethnic minority groups, whose presence or absence is easier to detect. What little research has been done on working-class students and academics--mainly small-scale, qualitative studies based heavily on interviews or personal essays--has found that they generally try to fit in rather than draw attention to their backgrounds.

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