Higher Education and the Color Line

Higher Education and the Color Line College Access, Racial Equity, and Social Change

Edited by Gary Orfield, Patricia Marin, and Catherine L. Horn
paper, 238 Pages
Pub. Date: January 2005
ISBN-13: 9781891792595
Price: $23.00

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Higher Education and the Color Line examines the role of higher education in opening up equal opportunity for mobility in American society--or in reinforcing the segregation between white and nonwhite America.


Today more than ever, higher education stands as the gateway to the kind of society we will become. Higher Education and the Color Line is a major contribution to contemporary debates about how that gateway should be constructed against the backdrop of race, gender, and class in American society. — Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University

Inclusion is the single greatest challenge facing colleges and universities in the United States. This is especially true in states like California, where the so-called minority will soon be the majority. This book is an incredible resource for those of us on the front lines who are trying to ensure that our institutions serve the entire population, not just those who by virtue of an accident of birth are among the privileged classes. — Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

This outstanding book presents leading-edge research on racial inequality in higher education and specific policy recommendations to improve minority access and success. It is unique in that it pays equal attention to African American and Latino issues. Anyone who is concerned with equal opportunity in higher education will find it indispensable. — Jorge Chapa, Director of Latino Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington

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