Sayra Alanís, community outreach officer and LEDA scholar, from Brownsville, Tex. (Stan Godlewski/For The Washington Post)

There is no more powerful engine of equity and social mobility in this country than higher education. The March 28 Metro article “A door that would open more doors” offered a good look at how many selective institutions are working hard, student by student, to ensure that their campuses reflect our nation’s diversity and provide a springboard for progress and opportunity for Americans from all walks of life.

It also is important to note that the efforts described are out of necessity student-by-student — labor-intensive handicraft rather than mass production — but also highly effective. There are hundreds of schools from across the diverse spectrum of the higher-education landscape, from community colleges to regional state universities to small colleges and faith-based institutions, that have been for many years offering avenues for postsecondary education to tens of thousands of low-income and middle-class students.   Making sure that all types of students have a place in higher education and helping them succeed once they are on campus are vital. The work that this article highlighted is significant and necessary, and I hope it spurs more such efforts.  

Ted Mitchell, Washington

The writer is president of the
American Council on Education.