A K-Shaped Economic Recovery: The Response From One College and Business Partners

"The American economy is looking better and better. Growth is up, unemployment is down, stocks are rising, and jobs are coming back as more Americans are vaccinated. But the recovery could be “K-shaped,” splitting into two paths where the more educated and wealthy do better, but the working poor, especially women and people of color, do worse. The K-shaped recovery can be reflected in higher education through the steep Spring 2021 declines in community college enrollment, particularly at the certificate, associate’s, and bachelor’s level among Native American, Latino, and Black students. Master’s and doctoral degree enrollment, on the other hand, is actually up (including among racial minorities). The gap between the haves and have-nots seems to grow, but Broward College located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is having none of it. Broward launched what it describes as an “expanded way of doing business” called “Broward UP (Unlimited Potential)™” to expand access, attainment, and mobility among the most underserved in its community. Broward wants to bring about an equitable recovery." Learn more here.

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