Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education / Edition 1

Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education / Edition 1

by William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil, Eugene M. Tobin, Susanne C. Pichler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813923506

ISBN-13: 9780813923505

Pub. Date: 04/28/2005

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

"Thomas Jefferson once stated that the foremost goal of American education must be to nurture the "natural aristocracy of talent and virtue." Although in many ways American higher education has fulfilled Jefferson's vision by achieving a widespread level of excellence, it has not achieved the objective of equity implicit in Jefferson's statement. In Equity and…  See more details below

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"Thomas Jefferson once stated that the foremost goal of American education must be to nurture the "natural aristocracy of talent and virtue." Although in many ways American higher education has fulfilled Jefferson's vision by achieving a widespread level of excellence, it has not achieved the objective of equity implicit in Jefferson's statement. In Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education, William G. Bowen, Martin A. Kurzweil, and Eugene M. Tobin explore the cause for this divide. Employing historical research, examination of the most recent social science and public policy scholarship, international comparisons, and detailed empirical analysis of rich new data, the authors study the intersection between "excellence" and "equity" objectives." Beginning with a time line tracing efforts to achieve equity and excellence in higher education from the American Revolution to the early Cold War years, this narrative reveals the halting, episodic progress in broadening access across the dividing lines of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813923505
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished Lecture Series
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
901,963
Product dimensions:
10.80(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Framework and road map1
Ch. 2An equity and excellence time line13
Ch. 3In pursuit of excellence39
Ch. 4Equity on a national level : socioeconomic status and race73
Ch. 5The "elite" schools : engines of opportunity or bastions of privilege?95
Ch. 6Race in American higher education : the future of affirmative action139
Ch. 7Broadening the quest for equity at the institutional level : socioeconomic status, admissions preferences, and financial aid161
Ch. 8Government support of higher education194
Ch. 9Improving college preparedness224
Ch. 10Concluding thoughts244
App. AEquity and excellence in higher education : the case of the University of Cape Town261
App. BPreferences based on socioeconomic status : methodological notes285

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