How can better educate people in America?

We can better educate people by making the idea of striving toward higher education possible. We can make the idea of educating people on a higher level possible once we find a way to make higher education affordable. America’s higher education system is flawed in comparison to other countries due to the lack of resources, assistance, and diversity. It is a fact that the average American cannot afford to attend most institutions to continue their education. “The average yearly cost to attend a four-year public institution is 71% of the annual income of a family in the bottom economic fifth of Americans”. (Alvis, 2011) As more opportunity becomes available to students needing financial assistance, we can find a way to bring more diversity into the higher education system. We need more diversity in the culture of existing colleges and universities.

Tuition cost

Due to the continuous rise in tuition costs, the average American cannot afford to pay for a college education. To the average American, it is unaffordable and almost impossible to attend without taking out multiple loans; leading to early debt. If we can find a way to create new programs or increase the number of programs for assistance, along with creating more resources the idea of attending a four-year university would be more ideal.

Reducing tuition costs civically is an article committed to shining a light on the US Department of education’s bias in funding. The article suggests that the lack of financing to particular primary and secondary schools can snowball into other factors limiting potential college applicants’ opportunity. A combination of a lack of funding in schools and low-income families directly affects the pool for potential college applicants. “Only 1 in 17 adolescents whose families earn $35,377 a year can expect to graduate from a college or university.” (Bittermann, 2008). In comparison, “One out of every two students in families earning more than $85,000 graduate from a college or university.” ( Bittermann, 2008). The youth in America are very diverse, and it appears that the youth (under a particular demographic and status) lack resources and opportunities compared to young people of higher socioeconomic status. The lack of resources and opportunity has a direct relationship to the decision making in seeking higher education.

Diversity in Academia

Diversity is imperative in any academic environment as it opens the door to open-mindedness, creativity, and ultimately success through collaboration. We can better educate people first by allowing the opportunity, then expand the meaning of success; broaden its meaning and making it appeal to a diverse group.

The purpose of the article Academia’s rejection of diversity was to explain how essential diversity is in an academic setting. This article refers to a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania in which professors found it evident that the present of diversity among gender and race contributed to a more successful workplace leading to a better academic environment. Results showed an increase in creative thinking, ideas, and ultimately improved performance whereas a lack of diversity displayed poor planning and problem-solving. “Many academics and intellectuals see their community as a major force for diversity and open-mindedness throughout American society and take justifiable pride in this image. Now they can be consistent and apply those values to their profession, by celebrating ideological diversity.” (Brooks, 2015)


Both articles are recent and relevant. Both support my claim that we can better educate people once we find a way to make education affordable and allow diverse populations the same opportunities. Once the opportunity is available, it is essential to create a diverse environment among students and staff.

A reliable person is trustworthy, has undoubted qualities, is consistent with providing quality work, and can be trusted. The source of the article Academia’s rejection of diversity is the New York Times, which has proven to be a reliable source for news. The article Reducing tuition costs civically came from a book with a noted author who through experience has gained credibility.

The reports are credible enough, believed, convincing, and capable of persuasion through conducted studies and collected evidence. Both articles referred to studies carried out at a professional level to determine their results. The University of Penn is a trusted source and a diverse academic institution. Both authors have successfully published articles and journals. Both articles are persuasive due to the supporting evidence.







Brooks, A. C. (2015). Academia’s rejection of diversity.

Bittermann, C. (2008). Reducing tuition costs, civically. Policy Studies Journal, 36(4), 669-670. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/210550549?accountid=458

Bradbard, D. A., Robbins, D. K., & Alvis, C. (2011). BALANCING THE STATE COLLEGE BUDGET: WHY MUST TUITION INCREASE AND BY HOW MUCH? (). Arden: Jordan Whitney Enterprises, Inc. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1401480423?accountid=458


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