Amherst President Anthony W. Marx spoke about the college’s efforts to continue to enroll students from low- and moderate-income families during the recession in a recent Sunday opinion piece. Telling columnist Steven Brint the college was motivated by “a sense of social responsibility” to recruit undergraduates from all kinds of socioeconomic backgrounds, he added: “The big national question is: What do you do to make great education accessible to talented students whose families are not wealthy? … As a country, we have moved in the opposite direction. We won’t see the full damage for a generation, and by that time the leaders and politicians who made the prior choices will be long gone.”

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