Roger Benjamin is President of the Council for Aid to Education and a senior research analyst at RAND. He is also Principal Investigator and Project Co-Director of CAE’s Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Project. Previous to his appointment in 1990 to RAND, he was professor of political science from 1966 to 1983 and dean, and vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of Minnesota from 1980 to 1983 and 1986 to 1990 and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Pittsburgh from 1983 to 1986.

Dr. Benjamin is the author or co-author of 15 books and monographs and numerous articles on institutional design related questions in political change and public policy including Patterns of Political Development (1994), The Industrial Future of the Pacific Basin (1984), and Balancing State Intervention: The Limits of Transatlantic Markets (1995). His education policy work includes From Growth to Change: The Role of the University in Postin- dustrial Society (1983) and “Value Added Assessment of Liberal Education,” Peer Review (2002).

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Leveling the Playing Field From College To Career

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2014

In the United States achieving equal opportunity in postsecondary education is typically described in terms of enrolling more underrepresented groups into the selective colleges. The belief is that if this step is accomplished it will have a fundamental impact on the problem of inequality at the national level. However, what if there are not enough places in selective colleges to accomplish this goal? What if the selective colleges do not have enough capacity to make a significant impact in the problem of serving students from underrepresented groups withdemonstrated high abilities?