Postsecondary Education for First-Generation and Low-Income Students in the Ivy League: Navigating Policy and Practice

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Springer, Oct 3, 2017 - Education - 257 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
How LowIncome Students Became Invisible at Elite Colleges
7
How Alex Got to Dartmouth and Obstacles that Prevent Other LowIncome Students from Attending Elite Schools
15
Home Environment to Culture Shock
26
Passing
41
The Unmoneyed Experience
61
Hidden Rules
80
DisOrientation
89
Relationships That Matter
138
Great Expectations
157
Beyond the Ivory Tower
174
LowIncome Students Speak Out on Elite Campuses
197
Challenging Our Elite Schools to Do Better
211
Bibliography
228
Index
243
Copyright

True Grit
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About the author (2017)

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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