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Closing the African American Achievement Gap in Higher Education


reviewed by Marybeth Gasman — December 03, 2007

coverTitle: Closing the African American Achievement Gap in Higher Education
Author(s): Alfred P. Rovai, Louis B. Gallien Jr., Helen R. Stiff-Williams (Eds.)
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807747785, Pages: 212, Year: 2007
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Recently I took my mother on a drive through West Philadelphia, the neighborhood that borders the University of Pennsylvania campus and my home.  My mother noticed that as we drove away from the Ivy League campus – five blocks, then ten blocks – the neighborhood had very few businesses (with the exception of fast food restaurants and liquor stores), boasted schools with bars on the windows, and had little green space for children to play.  My mother, who is 78 and lives in rural Tennessee, wondered how children in West Philadelphia could make it with so little support from society and the city.  Doesn’t anyone care that these children and their families are living in dire poverty?  The achievement gap that plagues African American children who grow up in such blighted neighborhoods often continues to hold them back – particularly when they struggle to gain access to the nation’s colleges... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 03, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14812, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 12:40:37 AM

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  • Marybeth Gasman
    University of Pennsylvania
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    Dr. GASMAN is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work explores issues pertaining to the history of philanthropy and historically black colleges, black leadership, contemporary fundraising issues at black colleges, and African-American giving. Dr. Gasman’s has published several books, including Envisioning Black Colleges: A History of the United Negro College Fund (Johns Hopkins University Press). Dr. Gasman has also published many peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Teachers College Record, the Journal of Higher Education, the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, and the History of Education Quarterly.
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