President Chodosh quoted in the Washington Post

Story focuses on Pell-eligible students at selective colleges

CMC President Hiram E. Chodosh

CMC President Hiram E. Chodosh

An article about Pell grants and elite colleges in today’s Washington Post quotes CMC President Hiram Chodosh, and includes a ranking/analysis by the newspaper of highly selective Pell-eligible universities and colleges.

In that rankings/analysis, drawn from federal data from the 2011-12 school year, CMC is one of eight institutions where about 14 percent of undergraduates are Pell-eligible. Chodosh told Washington Post writer Nick Anderson the statistic should not be overstated.

“We have to be very careful not to create a ‘barbell effect,” Chodosh said, referring to a scenario in which full-paying and full-ride students could squeeze out students who have some need. Chodosh says he wanted a “commitment to socioeconomic diversity across the spectrum.”

Anderson’s story is framed in the lead by the example of Amherst College, where–– as of five years ago–– more than one-fifth of students “come from families poor enough to qualify for federal Pell grants,” he writes.

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