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Expanding College Opportunities

Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award winner Caroline Hoxby and her team of researchers are revolutionizing the way the best colleges reach talented low-income students.


Conversation Club

  1. Hoxby says that she is interested in the outcomes of low-income, high- achievers in America. Based on the video, what do you think she means by that?
  2. She explains in her video that there was a mistaken assumption made about students in America. What was that assumption? Why was it wrong? Why was it important to correct it?
  3. Hoxby explains that many selective colleges and universities want to have a diverse student body. What does this mean? Why do you think colleges and universities would want this? Have you experienced living or studying in a diverse community? If so, how did that impact your experience?
  4. Hoxby provides a solution for sharing the best college opportunities with low-income students in America. What is that solution?
  5. Hoxby provides a definition for the word “ingenuity.” Do you have your own definition?
  6. What did this video make you think about education in America? How does this compare with the education in your country?
  7. Do you think that it’s important for people like Caroline Hoxby to do this kind of research? Can you think of your own example of an assumption that has been made that is wrong, or that you would like to see better examined?
  8. Hoxby’s research and work are based on the idea that education is a gateway to new opportunities. What do you think of this idea?

Video Series

This video exists as part of a series gathered around the theme of Education. Other videos in this series are listed below.

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Adam Steltzner Looks Beyond Mars
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Smithsonian's Climate Change Statement
Smithsonian's Climate Change Statement
Bill Morrison’s masterpiece of found footage
Bill Morrison’s masterpiece of found footage
Expanding College Opportunities
Expanding College Opportunities
Is Human Evolution Over?
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Voice of Witness
Voice of Witness
A Passionate Educator
A Passionate Educator