Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education / Edition 1

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Overview

"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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William G. Bowen, former President of Princeton University and now President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is coauthor of The Shape of the River: Long-Term Consequences of Considering Race in College and University Admissions. Martin A. Kurzweil is Research Associate at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a student at Harvard Law School. Eugene M. Tobin, former President of Hamilton College, is Senior Advisor to the Office of the President and the Liberal Arts Colleges Program at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Framework and road map 1
Ch. 2 An equity and excellence time line 13
Ch. 3 In pursuit of excellence 39
Ch. 4 Equity on a national level : socioeconomic status and race 73
Ch. 5 The "elite" schools : engines of opportunity or bastions of privilege? 95
Ch. 6 Race in American higher education : the future of affirmative action 139
Ch. 7 Broadening the quest for equity at the institutional level : socioeconomic status, admissions preferences, and financial aid 161
Ch. 8 Government support of higher education 194
Ch. 9 Improving college preparedness 224
Ch. 10 Concluding thoughts 244
App. A Equity and excellence in higher education : the case of the University of Cape Town 261
App. B Preferences based on socioeconomic status : methodological notes 285
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