Graduating Class: Disadvantaged Students Crossing the Bridge of Higher Education

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SUNY Press, 2012 - Education - 248 pages
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In Graduating Class, Latty L. Goodwin tells the story of a group of students from poor and working-class families who struggle against all odds to graduate from an elite university. The author explores the lived experiences of an engaging group of college students and shares their stories of trials and tribulations, joys and sorrows, and their frustrations and successes. Goodwin shows that even though the affirmative action debate was recently “settled” in the Supreme Court, universities are still left to grapple with defining who is deserving, meritorious, and qualified for admission. This timely story of hope and of students persevering through academic adversity poignantly demonstrates the justice of democratic access to higher education.
 

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Contents

1 INTRODUCTION
1
2 WHO ARE YOU?
17
3 LIVING WITHIN THE CULTURE OF AN ELITE UNIVERSITY
31
The Academics of College
57
5 ALL WORK AND NO PLAYThe Social Relevance of College
79
Surviving the Challenges of College
101
The Outcomes of College
127
8 NOW WHICH WAY?Choosing the Right Road
151
Closing the Gap
171
Suggested Readings
191
Participant Profiles
199
REFERENCES
203
INDEX
213
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About the author (2012)

Latty L. Goodwin is Associate Professor of Educational Development and Director of the First Year Enrichment Program at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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