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College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?
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College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?

by Michael S. McPherson (Editor), Morton Owen Schapiro (Editor)
 

Michael S. McPherson is president of The Spencer Foundation in Chicago, a foundation that researches how education can be improved. He is a former president of Macalester College in Minnesota. A nationally known economist who focuses on the interplay between education and economics, McPherson is the coauthor of Economic Analyses and Moral

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Michael S. McPherson is president of The Spencer Foundation in Chicago, a foundation that researches how education can be improved. He is a former president of Macalester College in Minnesota. A nationally known economist who focuses on the interplay between education and economics, McPherson is the coauthor of Economic Analyses and Moral Philosophy.

Morton Owen Schapiro has been president of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, since 2000. An authority on the economics of higher education, he has written more than 50 articles and has coauthored five books with Michael McPherson, including The Student Aid Game and Keeping College Affordable.

America is often seen as a land of golden opportunity, but for many young people the statistics on college enrollment paint a different picture: Students from low-income families are less likely to graduate from high school and go on to college, and low-income students who do attend a post-secondary institution are most likely to enroll in public community college rather than an elite school. College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? addresses the problem of unequal educational opportunity in the U.S. through essays and studies detailing the disadvantages of our country's low-income students.

Back by quantitative data and expert analyses, College Access highlights the underlying problems while presenting opportunities for positive change. The authors, analysts of higher education and economic policy, discuss various models colleges can use to educate low-income students and argue that it is imperative to give these students full access to high cost colleges as well as low cost ones in order for the country to remain globally competitive.

"Michael McPherson and Morton Owen Schapiro have been joined by sixteen other scholars to produce an important and useful book that presents an integrated, data-rich view of the realities and issues regarding access to higher education in America. It considers three sweeping themes: the future of affirmative action in admissions, the financial and educational issues regarding college attendance by low-income students, and policy recommendations to improve college attendance by low-income level students. It is of great importance to policymakers and educational leaders."—Charles M. Vest, Professor and President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Michael McPherson and Morton Owen Schapiro have been joined by sixteen other scholars to produce an important and useful book that presents an integrated, data-rich view of the realities and issues regarding access to higher education in America. It considers three sweeping themes: the future of affirmative action in admissions, the financial and educational issues regarding college attendance by low-income students, and policy recommendations to improve college attendance by low-income level students. It is of great importance to policymakers and educational leaders."—Charles M. Vest, Professor and President Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"This book shines important new light on the issue of economic inequality in postsecondary education in the United States. But of equal importance, it shows practical ways for effectively tackling this devastating national problem. I hope it will serve as a spur for us to build the coalition that is needed to bring real change."—Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education, and former Governor of West Virginia

"Building on the contributions of the book Excellence and Equity in American Higher Education, College takes an important next step toward achieving access to college for low-income students. It gives us a comprehensive and nuanced look at the institutional, political, and societal factors creating inequality in our higher education system. This is a great book and a valuable guide, not only for all those working to expand educational opportunity in this country, but for anyone interested in social science."—Lester Monts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, University of Michigan

"Michael McPherson and Morton Schapiro are uniquely positioned to shed light on the distressing and persistent inequalities in educational opportunity in the United States. They and the impressive group of co-authors provide invaluable background and insights into the barriers facing low- and moderate-income students. This book will strengthen the efforts of policymakers, higher education professionals, researchers, and student advocates whose partnership is required to develop constructive solutions to these pressing social problems."—Sandy Baum, Professor of Economics, Skidmore College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874477740
Publisher:
College Board
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.48(d)

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