Is a College Grad More Politically Active? (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

In a recent editorial in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Neil Gross, a professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia, examines whether obtaining a college education makes an American more likely to vote.

Although much research has shown that college-educated people are more politically engaged, Gross questions the veracity of this view. How, for instance, to explain the rapid increase in college attendance over the past 40 years with a simultaneous drop off in political participation? “The taste for politics might be a habit or disposition that requires far longer than four years to cultivate, and might arise from familial and personal characteristics and circumstances the influence of which no higher-education institution could ever approximate,” Gross writes.

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