Numbers and percentages often have a direct relationship. If you raised your grade on a 10-question quiz from 80 percent to 90 percent, it follows that the number of questions you answered correctly increased as well. On the contrary, direct variation may not be the case for colleges in the states. Mobility rates for low-income families at American universities have fallen drastically since the 2000s, according to an article published by The Atlantic. The magazine criticized top ranked colleges, including Stony Brook University, for decreasing its share of students from low-income households while increasing its share of students from high-income backgrounds. However, in January of 2017, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research ranked Stony Brook University among the top 10 nationwide colleges for creating paths of upward mobility. At first glance, these facts and figures may seem to clash. How can the university be rated highly for both opening…