In the overlap between education and government, a term coined “educational access” exists. Educational access was part of a 1965 bill, a Higher Education Act – or HEA – bill. The idea’s original central goal was to create infrastructure – not roads, water pipes, or traffic lights; rather, a means for students to be equally exposed to all things other students are – to connect students of all ages with the tip of the top in education, as well as the bottom of the barrel.
Discussions that took place last week at the Duke in DC office – as its name implies, it’s located in the nation’s capital – deeply involved the ability of the Higher Education Act to provide better access to all college-eligible persons.
So, what did the discussions culminate in? Nothing much, really.
Panelists agreed that access to universities and colleges hinged more on definitions of various things related to inequality in education than on what many think the central problem is – inabilities to reach agreement on educational and social programs and funding to fire them up.
Last week’s panel included experts such as Deondra Rose, a Washington D.C. native that is currently an Assistant Professor at Sanford School. Mr. Rose also penned a book about the HEA’s history, and its effects on molding society as whole and individuals, as well.
Discussing and convening on what defines equal access is considerably more difficult today than in the past, as such a wide variety of educational possibilities exist today.