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The Qualified Student: A History of Selective College Admission in America


reviewed by Hugh Hawkins — 1978

coverTitle: The Qualified Student: A History of Selective College Admission in America
Author(s): Harold S. Wechsler
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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One of many impressive things about this book is its author's refusal to settle for the easy satisfactions of an expose. Harold Wechsler has unearthed enough unsavory data about Columbia University's past discriminatory practices to have written a lurid volume and gained a quick celebrity. Instead, he has placed the Columbia story and three other case studies in context and presented the scholarly world with the best history of American college admissions' policy in existence. Beyond that, he uses the theme of admissions to illuminate the development of higher education in the last hundred years. New histories of single colleges and universities we have always with us. When a scholar ranges across institutional lines to draw comparisons, trace influences, and make regional and national generalizations, let us give credit for a harder task and a more significant one. Not least of Wechsler's achievements is his instructive new periodization of American higher... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 79 Number 3, 1978, p. 549-551
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1206, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 8:53:52 AM

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