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When we talk about diversity in college enrollment, what about the underrepresented poor?

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As college students explore their campuses, they're likely to find a wide array of student groups that pertain to race: The Black Student Union, Asian-American groups, or Hispanic and Latino groups.

Universities say they're spending time and money on trying to increase the number of minority students, especially since the Supreme Court ban in 2006 on affirmative action.

But Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution says the challenges for American colleges should be not only racial diversity, but also economic diversity. 

Especially when universities, including elite schools, haven't upped their percentage of low-come students in generation. 

Haskins says that's what happens when colleges maintain admission standards.

He adds that we need to focus on preparing low-income kids for college through good mentoring in public schools.

Universities could also help by making good counseling service available to students who are less well-off, so that they could find colleges that match their abilities. 

* Listen to our conversation with Ron Haskins today on Stateside above.

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