Social and Cultural Capital

IdeaLab Articles

How Social Capital Can Help Close the Achievement Gap

BY VIVIAN LOUIE | Despite the gains of recent decades, educational inequality in the United States is high and has even widened across some indicators. How can we help young people actualize their promise? While there are many factors that influence academic success, here I want to focus on social capital, roughly defined as the… Read More

Social Capital and College Choice: The Influence of the Network Composition of Urban High School Students

BY MAI MIKSIC | A student’s college choice plays a large role in determining his or her future success. An important consideration is whether or not colleges offer sufficient academic rigor to challenge and inspire. High achieving students who attend colleges that underchallenge them are more likely to do poorly, and many eventually drop out… Read More