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The biggest problem at VCU is the price as it has become a barrier for low income students to adequately contribute to the “diverse” community at the school whether that be they are unable to attend because of the cost or their funds limit their ability to utilize all that VCU has to offer. By changing this and making VCU more accessible to lower-income students, a new group of opinions and backgrounds will join VCU and allow for an increase in diversity which will contribute to expanding and promoting creative thinking.The common good is a concept introduced thousands of years ago but still can be applied today. It is the idea of conditions of social life which allow social groups and their individual members relatively thorough and ready access to their own fulfillment as defined by the catholic church. However, there are some flaws that people have with the idea of the common good. First is that people fundamentally share common values but place different importance on each other values. Such that a group of people all value education, healthcare and the environment but one person might value the allocation of resources towards the betterment of education over the rest of them. The second problem is freeloaders which benefit from the common good but contribute nothing to it. The final problem is the concept of individualism and that we have to sacrifice some of our individual freedoms to progress in the common good. Moreover, “the importance of the common good is to view ourselves as members of the same community and while respecting and valuing the freedom of individuals to pursue their own goals, to recognize and further those goals we share in common” (Common Good)3. That common goal is seeking a better education for all.According to the 2016 Census, there is a massive divide among the median household income by race. The average amount for all races is around $59,000. The largest deviation is Asians who possess the highest average household income of around $81,000 and black people having the smallest number with close to $39,000 a year. These discrepancies can lead to marginalization among the school as those unable to attend due to financial reasons are unable to contribute. A whole group of people are left out of the equation and underrepresented at VCU. By allowing these students to attend the wide range of backgrounds will increase.As the country’s population experiences dramatic demographic changes so does its student population. Our society’s income inequality continues to rise which requires the proactive effort by colleges to promote not only racial and ethnic inclusion but also socioeconomic inclusion. America will only be a global power if it utilizes the strengths of all backgrounds. The country is still being held back by the laws of that out-right racist laws of the past that still plague our country. The pursuit for racial justice are paralleled to by the efforts in reaching class-based justice. The biggest example would have to be redlining and housing covenants which barred entire races from communities in the 1930s. Some housing contracts specifically stated no person of color shall take residence in this home. This paved the way for a racially neutral but class prejudice practices of today as the poor have no other choice but to stay in these redlined districts. De jure school segregation, segregation enforced by law, allowed for de facto segregation in which social pressures lead to the division between both race and socioeconomic statuses. Open racial employment discrimination of the past now appears in many anti-unionization laws which led to massive wage gaps between employers and workers, contributing to growing divide between upper and lower class.The Court has observed in Grutter v. Bollinger (2003) that “the nation’s future depends upon leaders trained through wide exposure to the ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many peoples.” This case upheld the affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Michigan Law School. The Supreme Court also stated that “‘classroom discussion is livelier, more spirited and simply more enlightened and interesting’ when the students have ‘the greatest possible variety of backgrounds.'” Socioeconomic diversity is highly relevant to promoting the interest the Court identified: “All members of our heterogeneous society must have confidence in the openness” of institutions that teach our nation’s leaders. Without the inclusion of all races, religions, classes and backgrounds no classroom will adequately prepare students to be socially aware of others.Two studies found support for the claim that colleges are not doing enough for economic inclusion on their campuses and in their admission’s policies. The Mellon Foundation’s research stated that an underrepresented minority increases one’s chance of admissions by 27.7 percentage points. For example, a black or latino student has a thirty percent increase in their likelihood of getting into their college of their dreams while being in the bottom income quartile has no such benefit even though they are a underrepresented minority with struggles of their own. The other study of 146 universities found that “race-based affirmative action triples the representation of blacks and Hispanics students compared to admission based on grades and test scores, but that universities do nothing to boost socioeconomic representation” (Century Foundation)2. ┬áIn contrast, the presence of low-income and working-class students are actually lower than if academic standings were the sole basis for admissions.Achieving better diversity increases the greater awareness of social problems as the multitude of perspective from differing backgrounds can form a well round common approach to situations. By creating this environment which is more accessible to low income students the school will produce adults entering the workforce who have the critical skill of relating well to people of different races, nations and religions.