Building A Strong Middle Class In The American Mountain West
By Richard Reeves
Using data from the Equality of Opportunity Project, Reeves explores how public universities in the Mountain West differ significantly in terms of the populations they serve and the outcomes for their students. Colorado State University, the University of Utah, all public universities in Arizona, and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) all take around half their students from families in the top 20% of the national income distribution, and very few from the bottom 20%. The other four institutions—Utah State University, Boise State University, the University of New Mexico, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) take many more students from families in the middle 60% of the distribution. UNLV takes more students from the middle 60% (62%) than any other university in the Mountain West.