The Shrinking Middle Class at U. of California

October 31, 2011

Over the last decade, the proportion of University of California students who are from the middle class has declined, while the share from the lowest and highest income levels has increased, The Orange County Register reported. While the proportion of Californians who are middle class has also declined, the decrease at the university system was nearly twice that rate of decline. William Tierney, director of Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California, said that the analysis shows that the economic downturn is hurting the middle class. "Tuition is rising faster than people can keep up with it because family salaries are not rising as fast.... It's not simply that there are more people out of work and can't find jobs, but people's salaries are staying flat."

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