Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities

Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities

by Camille Z. Charles, Mary J. Fischer, Margarita A. Mooney, Douglas S. Massey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691139644

ISBN-13: 9780691139647

Pub. Date: 03/23/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Building on their important findings in The Source of the River, the authors now probe even more deeply into minority underachievement at the college level. Taming the River examines the academic and social dynamics of different ethnic groups during the first two years of college. Focusing on racial differences in academic performance, the book…  See more details below

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Building on their important findings in The Source of the River, the authors now probe even more deeply into minority underachievement at the college level. Taming the River examines the academic and social dynamics of different ethnic groups during the first two years of college. Focusing on racial differences in academic performance, the book identifies the causes of students' divergent grades and levels of personal satisfaction with their institutions.

Using survey data collected from twenty-eight selective colleges and universities, Taming the River considers all facets of student life, including who students date, what fields they major in, which sports they play, and how they perceive their own social and economic backgrounds. The book explores how black and Latino students experience pressures stemming from campus racial climate and "stereotype threat"—when students underperform because of anxieties tied to existing negative stereotypes. Describing the relationship between grade performance and stereotype threat, the book shows how this link is reinforced by institutional practices of affirmative action. The authors also indicate that when certain variables are controlled, minority students earn the same grades, express the same college satisfaction, and remain in school at the same rates as white students.

A powerful look at how educational policies unfold in America's universities, Taming the River sheds light on the social and racial factors influencing student success.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691139647
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/23/2009
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures vii

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1: Entering the Current 1

Chapter 2: Staying Afloat Academically 22

Chapter 3: Staying Afloat Socially 71

Chapter 4: Staying Afloat Financially 99

Chapter 5: Battling Social Undercurrents 119

Chapter 6: The Hidden Rocks of Segregation 150

Chapter 7: The Shoals of Stereotypes 173

Chapter 8: The Wake from Affirmative Action 188

Chapter 9: College at Midstream 205

Appendix A: Questionnaire Used in Spring of Freshman Year 235

Appendix B: Questionnaire Used in Spring of Sophomore Year 252

Appendix C: Construction of Social Scales 273

References 279

Index 295

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