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Race and Class Matters at an Elite College

reviewed by Sam J. Fugazzotto - September 26, 2008

coverTitle: Race and Class Matters at an Elite College
Author(s): Elizabeth Aries
Publisher: Temple University Press, Philadelphia
ISBN: 1592137253, Pages: 256, Year: 2008
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Researchers have taken many approaches to describe the benefits and challenges of promoting greater diversity in higher education, leading to an extensive literature with several strands. Some literature (e.g., Fleming, Gill, & Swinton, 1978; Lewis, 2004) focuses on affirmative action as a means to ensure equal opportunity in higher education. Other studies examine the large-scale effects of increased access. Notably, Bowen and Bok (1998) examine the educational and career attainment of over 80,000 blacks who matriculated at twenty-eight selective colleges and universities from 1951 to 1989. A third vein in the literature focuses on how campus community and interpersonal relationships can best facilitate learning and identity development among various student populations (e.g., Gurin with Dey, Gurin, & Hurtado, 2004; Gurin & Epps, 1976; Hood & Boyce, 1997; McHenry, 1997).   Aries’ Race and Class Matters At an Elite College fits squarely in this third vein. The study relies primarily on qualitative... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 26, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15392, Date Accessed: 10/27/2020 11:26:29 AM

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  • Sam Fugazzotto
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    SAM J. FUGAZZOTTO is Associate Registrar at Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds an M.S.Ed. from Northwestern University, and his interests include leadership and strategy issues in higher education.
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