The reigning social perspective sees American colleges as open, fair, and full of opportunity, a view that is based on merit, economic equality, ambition and ability. The reality in America today; however, contradicts this once common ideology. Income inequity is larger in the United States than any other industrialized country in the world, an inequity propagated by a nation fixated with credentialed education.
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