In a new study, the Institute for Higher Education Policy says some large universities, including San Diego State, get low grades for the enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students.
The measurement was based on federal Pell Grants, which are need-based grants to low-income students. Researchers compared the percentage of enrolled students eligible for a Pell Grant with the percentage that would be statistically expected to enroll based on the schools' admission standards.
Found wanting in the study released October 29 were some large and prestigious universities: Penn State, Indiana, Alabama, Purdue, James Madison, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, San Diego State, and Texas Tech.
Among the universities increasing Pell enrollments while maintaining strong student standards are the University of California campuses at Santa Cruz, Irvine, Santa Barbara, and Riverside, along with Florida State and Florida.