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Mortenson Receives 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Educational Policy Institute

WASHINGTON, DC —September 22, 2011 — The Educational Policy Institute, a Washington, DC-based research corporation dedicated to the study of educational opportunity, has bestowed its annual LIfetime Achievement award to Scholar and Researcher Tom Mortenson. The award was presented at the 2011 International Conference on Student Success in San Diego, California this past June.


Mortenson is the editor and publisher of Postsecondary Opportunity, a monthly research letter devoted to analysis and reporting on demographics, sociology, history, politics, and economics of educational opportunity. He also serves as Senior Scholar at The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, DC. Since the 1980s, he has served as an unwaivering and staunch advocate of need-based financial aid and college access for students who are historically underrepresented in college.


"I cannot think of many people, perhaps no one, that is more deserving of this award than Tom," stated EPI President Dr. Watson Scott Swail. "While times have changed, his message has been consistent and focused. Tom is the North Star for higher education policy and we must remain mindful and dedicated to the target of increased educational opportunity."


Swail and Mortenson had the opportunity to work together at The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in the early 2000s. In 2010, Tom received the Walter O. Mason Award from the Council of Opportunity in Education.