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    Toward a New Model of College “Choice” for a Twenty-First-Century Context

    The past two decades have seen massive changes in the higher education landscape, including the heightened participation of post-traditional students, high reentry and mobility of students within and across sectors, and the increased visibility of open admissions institutions, such as community colleges and for-profit colleges. Despite these radical shifts, the most commonly used college choice frameworks still focus on the decisions of students who fit a stereotypical profile and are entering traditional institutions of higher learning for the first time. In this article, Constance Iloh argues for the necessity of a new conceptual approach and offers a three-component ecological model of college-going decisions and trajectories that incorporates the pressing conditions and shifting contexts of twenty-first-century postsecondary education. In doing so, Iloh also asserts that the concept of “choice” may be a limited and problematic way of understanding present-day college-going.

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    Constance Iloh is an assistant professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine, where she investigates educational opportunity, inequities, and stratification through the disciplines of anthropology and business. Her research on college access and choice, institutional culture, and student experiences has been published in journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Negro Education, and Teachers College Record and has been cited in multiple spaces, including the Harvard Law Review, Forbes, Politico, Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and National Public Radio. Iloh has been invited to share her work with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Telemundo, NBC Universal, and Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Campaign. In 2016 she became one of the few academics ever named to the “Change-Agents and Break-Out Stars” of the Forbes “30 under 30” list. Iloh’s forthcoming book on contemporary college-going narratives will be published by Johns Hopkins University Press.
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    Summer 2018 Issue


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    Teaching Controversial Issues
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    Learning as Development
    Daniel A. Wagner