Postsecondary Education for First-Generation and Low-Income Students in the Ivy League

Navigating Policy and Practice

Authors: Landers, Kerry H.

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  • Explores what is it like for low-income students to feel the need to “pass” in their new college environments where the majority of their peers enjoy a high level of economic, social, and cultural capital
  • Presents ethnographic data to show disparities between low-income students and their privileged peers
  • Examines challenges low-income students face academically and personally as they navigate the foreign elite college culture
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About this book

This book examines how previously excluded high-achieving, low-income students are faring socially and academically at an Ivy League college in New England. In the past, research conducted on low-income students in elite schools focused mainly on the admissions process. As a result, there is a dearth of research on what happens to low-income students once they are admitted and attend classes. This book chronicles an ethnographic study of twenty low-income men and women in their senior year at Dartmouth College and follows up with them four and twelve years post-graduation. By helping to bring visibility and self-awareness to low-income students and expose class issues and struggles, the author hopes to encourage elite institutions to change their policies and practices to address the needs of these students.

About the authors

Kerry H. Landers is Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs in the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, and Visiting Lecturer in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College, USA.

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“America can only succeed as a strong economy and democracy if we provide opportunities based on talent to all, which includes access for the best low income students to the best of our universities.  Even when we do enroll those students, we often fail to see the hidden constraints on their ability to make the most out of the opportunity. With keen insight based on her own personal experiences as a student and as a leader at Dartmouth, Landers shows us how we can and must do better.” (Anthony W. Marx, President of the New York Public Library and former president of Amherst College, USA)

“This book presents an engaging, wide-ranging discussion of the importance, function, and implications of class difference among students in America’s elite institutions. Told with grace, humor, generosity, and insight, these stories will interest not only those of us who have emerged from working class backgrounds but those who are mystified by how folks without financial and cultural privileges rise to attain them. Landers fills the gap in recent books on class by bringing absolutely contemporary perspectives to this ever-changing, always-important topic.” (Gina Barreca, author of Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Landers, Kerry H.

    Pages 1-6

  • How Low-Income Students Became Invisible at Elite Colleges

    Landers, Kerry H.

    Pages 7-14

  • How Alex Got to Dartmouth and Obstacles that Prevent Other Low-Income Students from Attending Elite Schools

    Landers, Kerry H.

    Pages 15-25

  • Home Environment to Culture Shock

    Landers, Kerry H.

    Pages 27-39

  • Passing

    Landers, Kerry H.

    Pages 41-60

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $139.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87561-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Postsecondary Education for First-Generation and Low-Income Students in the Ivy League
Book Subtitle
Navigating Policy and Practice
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63456-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63456-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63455-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87561-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 257
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
Topics