Beating the Odds: How the Poor get to College

Beating the Odds: How the Poor get to College

by Arthur Levine, Jana Nidiffer
     
 

Students from families in the bottom twenty-five percent in income are eight times less likely to graduate college than those in the rest of the population. Still, some are able to overcome the most desperate circumstances and achieve the seemingly unreachable goal of a college degree. What happened in this lives that enabled them to succeed when so many others

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Students from families in the bottom twenty-five percent in income are eight times less likely to graduate college than those in the rest of the population. Still, some are able to overcome the most desperate circumstances and achieve the seemingly unreachable goal of a college degree. What happened in this lives that enabled them to succeed when so many others fell short? Beating the Odds combines poignant stories of teenagers and adults from severely disadvantaged backgrounds with the highly literate writing style of renowned educator Arthur Levine to explore how some people manage to overcome the obstacles and achieve success in college. Levine and coauthor Jana Nidiffer identify the factors that made the difference and provide powerful advice to colleges, universities, communities, and families for smoothing the path to higher education for more of our nation's disadvantaged youth.Drawing on their own study of twenty-four poor, first-generation college students, which includes poor older adults attAnding community college, the authors detail the factors—relationships, resources, and activities—that made a difference and allowed these students to go as far as they did. They explain, for instance, the critical role of a mentor in the lives of each of these successful students, examining where the mentors came from, how they gained their strong faith in education, and how they "worked" as mentors. And they include their recommAndations about what higher education policy toward the poor should look like to be most effective in the future.

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"Levine and Nidiffer have tacked an extremely complex and much-neglected problem in contemporary America and they do it with intelligence, grace, and compassion. They also show that something can be done about it. Every educator and policymaker should read this book." —Alexander W. Astin, professor of higher education and director of the Higher Education Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787901325
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/1996
Series:
Higher and Adult Education Series
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

ARTHUR LEVINE is president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. A 1982 Guggenheim Fellowship winner, Levine's other awards include the American Council on Education's Book of the Year Award in 1974 and the Educational Press Association's annual award for writing in 1981 and 1989. JANA NIDIFFER is visiting assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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