NERCHE’s think tank members recently participated in a discussion of the competitive forces driving change in higher education. The discussion, facilitated by The Futures Project: Policy for Higher Education in a Changing World (www.futuresproject.org), revealed tremendous concern among faculty and administrators in New England about safeguarding the principles of equal access and equal educational opportunity during a time of accelerating competition for students. This is a crucial time for a reevaluation of barriers to full educational opportunity in this country. We need policies both at the institutional level and the state and federal levels to reverse the widening educational and economic divide.
New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Brief 6: The Merit Aid Question: How can we attract promising students while preserving educational opportunity for all?" (2001). New England Resource Center for Higher Education Publications. 30.