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The Conditions for Admission: Access, Equity, and the Social Contract of Public Universities


reviewed by James Parelli February 22, 2008

coverTitle: The Conditions for Admission: Access, Equity, and the Social Contract of Public Universities
Author(s): John Aubrey Douglass
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 0804755590, Pages: 352, Year: 2007
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Admissions policies in both public and private universities have undergone significant evolution throughout the history of American higher education, often due to both internal and external influences. John Douglass, in his book The Conditions for Admission, provides a chronological account of the establishment and dynamic growth of the admissions process in the University of California (UC) system. He uses the UC system as a lens to examine admissions in America’s public universities. The book is divided into four sections, starting with the formation of the University of California,  “the largest research university system in the nation” (p. 6)  As a current Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC, Berkeley, Douglass talks mainly about the UC system, while occasionally bringing in examples from other public institutions, such as the City University of New York, in an effort to demonstrate a regional approach to admissions in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 22, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15019, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 1:49:31 PM

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    University of Pennsylvania
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    JAMES PARELLI is a dual-degree student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and School of Dental Medicine. His interests include administration and teaching at institutions of higher education and dental schools.
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