The B.A. Breakthrough Videos


The B.A. Breakthrough: How College Creates Opportunity

April 16, 2019

Just 11 percent of low-income and first-generation students go on to complete college within six years of leaving high school. In a new documentary, Richard Whitmire talks about the themes of his new book, “The B.A. Breakthrough,” which argues that reversing these kinds of diploma disparities could be the advent of “the most effective anti-poverty program ever launched in this country,” and celebrates places across the country where this breakthrough is already happening — from innovative K-12 schools, many of them public charters, to elite colleges like UCLA, to creative nonprofits like the College Advising Corps.

In this video, Chevon Boone, assistant professor of practice at the Relay Graduate School of Education, tells her story of growing up in rural North Carolina and how the opportunity to attend — and graduate from — college gave her the opportunities that led her to where she is today.

— Edited by Jim Fields; Produced by Jim Fields & Emmeline Zhao