Unequal Higher Education: Wealth, Status, and Student Opportunity

Rutgers Univ. May 2019. 216p. photos. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780813593500. $94.95; pap. ISBN 9780813593494. $34.95; ebk. ISBN 9780813593517. ED
Taylor (higher education, Univ. of North Texas, Denton; Higher Education, Stratification, and Workforce Development) and Cantwell (higher, adult, & lifelong education, Michigan State Univ.; coeditor, High Participation Systems of Higher Education) explore inequality among U.S. colleges and universities. This thoroughly researched volume provides new classifications for institutions, which will have readers flipping back and forth to keep up with the terminology. Most institutions are under the classification “vulnerable.” Those who invest themselves in higher education, whether by working in academia or choosing a school for themselves or their children, will appreciate this book, if only to put into perspective the areas of struggle that leaders in higher education are focusing on: reputation and revenue, rather than education or research. Many may find themselves wishing their institutions’ presidents and CEOs would read this title.
VERDICT This slim but supremely dense academic work offers insight into the business of education from the point of view of researchers who care about education for education’s sake.
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