The Fight for Pell

“It was a magical moment”: Students reflect on the state of socio-economic diversity at WashU

The University has joined over 100 institutions and adopted a  need-blind admission program, adopted a no-loan policy that will go into effect in fall 2024, and redoubled its “efforts to engage, support, and build pathways for students from small-town and rural America” through its Heartland Initiative. 

| Staff Writer

The fight for Pell coalitions: The role of WU/FUSED, the Board of Trustees, the administration, and student leaders in improving WashU’s socioeconomic diversity

“WU/FUSED deserves the majority of the credit, along with a few former key administrators, for getting the momentum [for socioeconomic diversity] going,” Scotty Jacobs, WashU alumni and former Student Representative to the Board of Trustees, said. 

| Managing Sports Editor

“Access Ain’t Inclusion”: Increasing Socioeconomic Diversity at WashU

“Access Ain’t Inclusion.” This is a phrase popularized by Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, an Assistant Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in his book “Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students.” 

| Managing Sports Editor

Low on Pell: WashU and the U.S. News & World Report Rankings

 “When I first started at Washington University in St. Louis, the idea of it becoming need-blind wasn’t even on the table,” said Lauren Chase, the former president of WU/Washington University for Undergraduate Socioeconomic Diversity (WU/FUSED). 

| Managing Sports Editor

Low on Pell: WashU and the infamous 2014 New York Times article

“I don’t doubt for one second that [WashU’s Pell-eligible] numbers would have improved as much if the New York Times had not blasted it as the worst in the country when it came to socioeconomic diversity,” James Murphy, deputy director of higher-education policy at Education Reform Now, said.  In 2014, the New York Times (NYT) […]

| Managing Sports Editor

Letter from the author  of “The Fight for Pell: The History of Socioeconomic Diversity at WashU Series”

I felt like I needed to do the issue of socioeconomic diversity on campus justice by diving deep into the history of how we got here as an institution.

| Junior Sports Editor

WU/FUSED: The movement that started it all

Like most historical moments, the move to adopt a need-blind system and improve WashU’s socioeconomic diversity numbers didn’t happen overnight.

| Junior Sports Editor

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