When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today's College Student / Edition 1

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In his 1980 book When Dreams and Heroes Died, Arthur Levine presented a portrait of a generation of college students without heroes-a generation optimistic about their own futures, but pessimistic about the future of the country and the world. These students turned inward, away from activism and community and toward individual and material gain, a trend that continued throughout the 80s and showed little sign of changing.

But when Levine returned to campuses in the 1990s, he discovered a startling and encouraging shift in the attitudes of the new generation of students. When Hope and Fear Collide examines a generation motivated by a conflicting sense of hope and fear. While today's students fear a great many things both on a global level and on a local level, they are less pessimistic than the previous generation, as they look for ways to make a difference in their world.

Levine and Jeanette Cureton explore what shaped this change and how those who deal with students on a daily basis can use the change to enrich the college experience. This book examines how students come to grips with the challenges of politics, academics, and personal relationships on campus and draws implications for their futures.

Levine and Cureton base their findings on research carried out in the same manner as in Levine's landmark study. The data they present give those who deal with students on a daily basis the information and tools they need to help those students chart a meaningful course through college.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a must-read for everyone who wants to match current student needs with an appropriate college experience....Levine and Cureton present a comprehensive snapshot of students in the 90s. The data are interesting and the analysis is powerful." —Choice

"Continuing education professionals would do well to pay attention to the book's depiction of what is happening in colleges and universities today, not only because some of authors' research includes nontraditional undergraduate students, but also because the experiences of today's undergraduates will color expectations throughout their lives, including their continuing education." —Continuing Higher Education Review

"This 1998 book 'seeks to paint a portrait of the current generation of college students.' Succinct, well-researched, well-documented, and well-written, Levine and Cureton's book accomplishes that stated goal admirably.... This book, through juxtaposition of responses from a previous generation with those of today, substantially contributes to the student affairs profession by providing a translation of students' life experiences into values, attitudes, and behaviors. Student affairs professionals who read this book will understand students better, leading to services, programming, and relationships enriched by that understanding—enabling professionals to stand ready at the intersection when hope and fear collide." —Journal of College Student Development

"A lucid, subtle, knowing look at America's young people at the And of the 20th century: their aspirations, hopes, worries-a book that will help shape the way teachers across the nation do their work." —Robert Coles, professor of psychology and medical humanities, Harvard University

"The clock becomes your enemy when reading this book. The revelations propel you along causing you to read faster and faster to the next line, paragraph, page, and chapter. Must reading for anyone concerned about higher education and the future. This will be the most often quoted research and literature on student demographics for all higher education during the next decade!" —GwAndolyn Jordan Dungy, executive director, NASPA

"This is a MUST READ book for all college and university adminstrators, faculty members and student affairs professionals. Anchored in wide ranging research, it captures the complexities of today's undergraduates, putting them in historical perspective, like no other available work-all accessible through Art Levine's lively, penetrating style." —Dr. Arthur Chickering, visiting distinguished professor, Vermont College, Norwich Univeristy

"The manner in which our institutions of higher education care for students during this period of dramatic social change will dictate not only the extent of their academic success, but ultimately the competitiveness and strength of this country as well. Such care requires elegant understanding, and there is no better place to learn how that understanding can be provided than to read Levine's and Cureton's powerful new book When Hope and Fear Collide." —Barry Munitz, chancellor, the California State University System

"In the future, each time someone pontificates about the state of college students today, you will appreciate again this book's sound research and illuminating conclusions. You will also have uncovered a provocative lens through which to understand anew our recent cultural history. Levine and Cureton have done us a valuable service" —Dr. Donald M. Stewart, president, the College Board, New York, New York

"Student affairs administrators should encourage major campus decision-makers (presidents, trustees, academic affairs administrators, and other academic administrators) to read this book. This is a book that calls for fundamental change." —Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs

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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.

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Table of Contents

1. Generation Without a Name.

2. Flaws, Problems, and Decline: The New Localism.

3. Campus Politics: Let the Buyer Beware!.

4. Multiculturalism: The Campus Divided.

5. Personal Life: Retreat from Intimacy.

6. Academics: Search for an Insurance Policy.

7. The Future: Doing Well of Doing Good.

8. Conclusion: A Transitional Generation.

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