A college education is a transformative tool that can lift people to new heights and level the playing field for job opportunities. And while education should be available to everyone, the cost of an undergraduate or graduate-level program can be out of reach for many.

An op-ed written by President Michelle J. Anderson for Crain’s New York Business and published on April 5 outlines the many benefits of a Brooklyn College education—from the affordable tuition to the quality of the course work, to the fact the college is part of the City University of New York system that propels almost six times as many low-income students into the middle class as all Ivy League colleges, Stanford, Duke, M.I.T., and the University of Chicago combined.

President Anderson argues that the power of a Brooklyn College education is undeniable for many less-advantaged and first-generation students. You can read the op-ed here.