Professor Details His Road to College

Dr. Ventura Perez – an assistant professor of anthropology who received both his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts – wasn’t always in the top echelon of academia. In fact, in high school he had a 1.2 grade point average.

“I wasn’t supposed to go to college,” Perez said in a lecture yesterday at Draper Hall.

He then passed a copy of his high school transcript around

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Harvard Economist on Equity in Public Education

His speech was a community call to arms. “The U.S. is failing to prepare massive numbers of young people to succeed in a twenty-first century economy,” he said.

Dr. Ronald Ferguson, 62, was a teenager in the 1960s, a time when there was a great energy for social change. Today, he has that feeling again, and this time it’s about education.

Ferguson, an economist from Harvard University, spoke at Amherst

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