On the Edge of Commitment: Educational Attainment and Race in the United States


reviewed by Donald Earl Collins - 2006

coverTitle: On the Edge of Commitment: Educational Attainment and Race in the United States
Author(s): Stephen L. Morgan
Publisher: Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA
ISBN: 080474419X, Pages: 241, Year: 2005
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Cornell sociologist Stephen L. Morgan explores a fundamental question that has puzzled sociologists of education for more than three decades: How and why do students decide to enroll in postsecondary education? Morgan’s first book is a tour-de-force that purports to explain why previous sociological models attempting to answer this question have fallen short. He asserts, and rightly so, that established explanatory models on educational attainment cannot account for “whether or not students’ beliefs about their future prospects are responsive to changes in incentives” (p. 4). Nor do other models factor in the long-term impact of changes in beliefs on both commitment to enrolling in higher education and the end level of educational attainment. Morgan begins by summarizing the literature on educational attainment, noting that the Black-White postsecondary educational attainment gap has remained the same whereas the college enrollment gap has narrowed since the early 1980s. Although sociologists of education have identified... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 815-818
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12123, Date Accessed: 4/5/2020 4:46:18 PM

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