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Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions

reviewed by Clifton F. Conrad - July 30, 2008

coverTitle: Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions
Author(s): Marybeth Gasman, Benjamin Baez, and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner (Eds.)
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791473600, Pages: 329, Year: 2008
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Editors Marybeth Gasman, Benjamin Baez, and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner identify three interlocking goals for their new volume, Understanding Minority-Serving Institutions: advocate for MSIs, identify factors that relentlessly marginalize MSIs, and engage readers in a critique of the central premises within which MSIs and MSI-related scholarship are nested. By and large, they succeed. The essays in this volume provide a thorough introduction to the histories and contributions of MSIs as well as challenges and opportunities associated with being MSIs on the contemporary higher learning landscape. The book’s first section, “Foundations of Minority-Serving Institutions,” begins with the editors’ introduction followed by a concise historical account of the three major types of MSIs: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). The two chapters that follow provide the reader with a taste of the diverse and evocative perspectives that comprise the remainder of the volume: a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 30, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15324, Date Accessed: 2/27/2021 4:23:26 PM

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  • Clifton Conrad
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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    CLIFTON CONRAD, who has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1987, focuses his research on advancing knowledge and understanding of college and university curriculum—at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in the liberal arts and sciences as well as across professional fields. As a major expert witness on desegregation in higher education for the U.S. government (Department of Justice and Office for Civil Rights) over the past three decades, as a scholar, and as a teacher of a graduate course on MSIs, he has long been invested in enriching and enlarging understanding of HBCUs as well as MSIs writ large. His most recent books include College & University Curriculum: Placing Learning at the Epicenter of Courses, Programs, and Institutions (2007, co-edited with Jason Johnson), and The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry (2006, co-edited with Ronald Serlin).
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