Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of by Mitchell L. Stevens PDF

By Mitchell L. Stevens

In actual lifestyles, Mitchell Stevens is a professor in bustling ny. yet for a yr and a part, he labored within the admissions workplace of a bucolic New England university that's identified for its excessive educational criteria, attractive campus, and social judgment of right and wrong. formidable excessive schoolers and savvy suggestions counselors comprehend that admission here's hugely aggressive. yet growing periods, Stevens reveals, is lots extra advanced than most folk imagine.

Admissions officials love scholars yet they paintings for the nice of the college. they need to carry each one type in "on budget," burnish the records so an important to institutional status, and look after their colleagues within the athletic division and the advance workplace. Stevens indicates that the activity can't be refrained from "systematic preferencing," and racial affirmative motion is the least of it. childrens have an side if their mom and dad will pay complete school, in the event that they attend excessive colleges with unique zip codes, in the event that they are athletes--especially soccer players--and whether they're well known.

With novelistic aptitude, sensitivity to heritage, and a willing eye for telling aspect, Stevens explains how elite faculties and universities have assumed their imperative position within the creation of the nation's such a lot privileged periods. Creating a Class makes transparent that, for greater or worse, those faculties now outline the criteria of younger accomplishment in American tradition extra generally.

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I was. Percentage of faculty with terminal degree. Liam said, “I think that’s 98 percent,” Liam said. I wrote it down. Number of full-time faculty. ” “Hmm. I thought it was a bit lower than that . . but you would likely know better than me,” I deferred. Susan settled the matter. ” I was learning. “Right,” I said, with a slim grin that was echoed by my companions. ” No one suggested that I check with the dean of faculty, or with Personnel. Percentage of students admitted. Someone—by the time I wrote up my fieldnotes I could not remember just who—said 33 percent, a figure that struck me as a little low.

Department of Education and the other by the large and vastly influential nonprofit corporation, the College Board. Another full-time staff person administered the multiple government loan programs that were part of many students’ aid packages. Still another employee oversaw the disbursement of government grants and endowed scholarships. A SCHOOL IN A GARDEN 27 A corridor running the entire length of the second floor connected the financial aid offices at the back of the building to the upper landing of the front stairs.

Aspects of our corporeal bodies—how we carry them through space and attend to their shape, adornment, and longevity—also are important ways through which we mark class differences. Because bodies are such visible and consequential embodiments of class, parents go to great lengths to maintain and improve their children’s physical health and appearance: through clothing, diet, and personal hygiene, and, significantly for purposes here, through sport and exercise. This, I will argue, is how the institutional status interests supporting college athletics and the class interests of families come together.

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