Unequal Higher Education: Wealth, Status, and Student Opportunity (The American Campus) (Paperback)

Unequal Higher Education: Wealth, Status, and Student Opportunity (The American Campus) By Barrett J. Taylor, Brendan Cantwell Cover Image

Unequal Higher Education: Wealth, Status, and Student Opportunity (The American Campus) (Paperback)


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American higher education is often understood as a vehicle for social advancement. However, the institutions at which students enroll differ widely from one another. Some enjoy tremendous endowment savings and/or collect resources via research, which then offsets the funds that students contribute. Other institutions rely heavily on student tuition payments. These schools may struggle to remain solvent, and their students often bear the lion’s share of educational costs. Unequal Higher Education identifies and explains the sources of stratification that differentiate colleges and universities in the United States. Barrett J. Taylor and Brendan Cantwell use quantitative analysis to map the contours of this system. They then explain the mechanisms that sustain it and illustrate the ways in which rising institutional inequality has limited individual opportunity, especially for students of color and low-income individuals. 
BARRETT J. TAYLOR is an associate professor of higher education at the University of North Texas in Denton. He is the coeditor of Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development: Competitive Advantage in Europe, the US, and Canada.
BRENDAN CANTWELL is an associate professor of higher, adult, and lifelong education at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He is the coeditor of High Participation Systems of Higher Education.
Product Details ISBN: 9780813593494
ISBN-10: 0813593492
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2019
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: The American Campus
Unequal Higher Education is well-conceptualized, rigorous, and thought-provoking—a welcome addition to higher education literature. This book is a must-read.”
— Michael S. Harris

“To reverse inequality, Taylor and Cantwell make the case for less – not more – competition in higher education. Their analysis is convincing and gives a much needed update to the literature."
— Nicholas W. Hillman

"Pay rises for US faculty members remain low for third year in a row," by Chris Woolston
— Nature

Science of Politics podcast interview with Brendan Cantwell
— Science of Politics podcast

"More Diverse, Still Stratified: Colleges Fall Short on Offering 'Good Value' Spots" by Peter Monaghan
— Chronicle of Higher Education

"‘Unequal Higher Education’ Authors discuss new book on inequities facing students and institutions," by Scott Jaschik
— Inside Higher Education

"How Chasing Prestige Is Starting to Strain Some Elite Institutions" by Dan Bauman 
— Chronicle of Higher Education

"A well-researched, thoughtful, thorough, and convincing argument that not only adds to the current literature but calls for the current stewards and beneficiaries of higher education to take action to correct the climate and course of unequal higher education."
— Teachers College Record

" Recommended."
— Choice

"Can ‘White Resentment’ Help Explain Higher-Education Cuts?" by Eric Kelderman 
— Chronicle of Higher Education

“This book gives an in-depth description of the unique challenges and benefits associated with each type of institution, including the recent and detrimental emergence of Vulnerable institutions….a necessary read not only for higher education stakeholders, but also the general public.”
— The Review of Higher Education