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Grand Challenge 3: Opportunity and Equity

Promoting an informed and equitable society, expanding individual opportunity, and advancing social justice

The challenge

A skilled workforce is key to economic prosperity. But not every worker in America has the opportunity to rise to his or her full career potential. Opportunity inequality persists in employment, education, and health care. It erects barriers to personal growth and squanders priceless human capital.

The College of Education’s Role


Research Themes Connecting to COE
  • Examining the causes and consequences of inequality of opportunity.
  • Promoting equity for individuals and communities.
  • Furthering economic, education and social policies that impact opportunity, societal cohesion and engagement.
  • Improving formal and informal education throughout the lifespan.
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