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Graduating Class: Disadvantaged Students Crossing the Bridge of Higher Education


reviewed by Leonard L. Baird — October 11, 2007

coverTitle: Graduating Class: Disadvantaged Students Crossing the Bridge of Higher Education
Author(s): Latty L. Goodwin
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791467414 , Pages: 226, Year: 2006
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How do disadvantaged students negotiate the complex demands of an elite university?  In addition to the academic demands that face all students at such institutions, they must compete and interact with other students who are usually from affluent homes, and who are usually groomed from early childhood for their admission and success in college.  The level of cultural capital among students and faculty at elite institutions goes beyond academic knowledge to include many details of sophisticated behavior.  Latty Goodwin follows the lives of three groups of students as they work their way through four years at an elite institution:  The Pleasers, who are first generation immigrant students; the Searchers, who are second generation immigrants; and the Skeptics, who were brought to this country involuntarily, essentially African American students.  (This book is a follow up to an earlier book, Goodwin, 2002).  The students were enabled to pay for their educations through... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 11, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14649, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 11:09:58 PM

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  • Leonard Baird
    Ohio State University
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    LEONARD BAIRD is a Professor at Ohio State University, and Editor of the Journal of Higher Education. He is the author of numerous books, Journal articles, and book chapters focusing on college climates and environments, graduate education, and the interactions between students and their institutions. He has won several awards for his scholarship.
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